Series Preview: Nationals vs. Rockies


Monday, August 15th 6:40pm: Max Scherzer (12-7 2.80 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (7-7 5.25 ERA)

Jorge De La Rosa has always been known as a slump stopper for the Rockies and they need it now more than they ever had this season. It will be no easy task for De La as the Rockies have to face one of the games premier pitchers, Max Scherzer. The ace right for the Nationals is having another great year. The batters for the Rockies have a lowly .176 batting average with Cargo sporting the highest average at .300 (3 for 10). The Rockies will need a lot to go right for them to win this game, but even then there recent slump has seen them playing bad baseball all around.

Tuesday, August 16th 6:40pm: Gio Gonzalez (8-9 4.24 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (10-6 5.27 ERA)

The Rockies get a slightly easier matchup against Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday and they get a similar pitcher to De La Rosa. Bettis is normally a pretty sure thing to eat some innings and while he doesn’t often throw a shut out, he gives the Rockies a chance to win. The Rockies have a small sample size against Gonzalez with Ryan Raburn sporting the most at bats and the most success. Raburn will likely earn a start because of those numbers, but with how he has been going lately, Gio may win the battle against these two. The outfield is currently the most shaken up of the positions for the Rockies right now. Outside of Blackmon, no one has been a sure thing. David Dahl has done well, but he is young and pitchers seem to be finding his holes. Cargo has been off and on with his injured ankle and while he is doing well when is in the lineup, that is no sure thing. Parra and Raburn have been not very good on offense and any other fill in is simply that and unless there is a call up, the Rockies need either Blackmon, Dahl, or Cargo to carry the outfield.

Wednesday, August 17th 1:10pm: Stephen Strasburg (15-3 3.07 ERA) vs. (Jon Gray 8-6 4.55 ERA)

The Rockies face another great pitcher in Strasburg and they will need all the luck they can get to win this game. They also need Jon Gray to get back to form as he has had his worst back to back starts since his first two starts of the season. Getting length out of all three starters is absolutely imperative, but Jon Gray might be the most important. He is obviously the starter with the highest ceiling of the three going in this series and he needs to show he can recover late in the season after a couple of bad starts. He is a great pitcher and when he is on and can get through the first couple of innings without running into damage, he turns into the ace the Rockies need. He is much like Strasburg who was more highly touted out of the draft, but both of these pitchers are pitchers to build around. The only difference is Strasburg is a few years older and a few years ahead of Gray.

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