Series Preview: Nationals (13-5) vs. Rockies (13-6)

Monday, April 24th 6:40pm: Jacob Turner (0-0 -.–) vs Tyler Anderson (1-3 7.32)

The opening game of these two division leaders will feature a couple of question marks for the starters. For the Nats, it will be whether spot starter Turner can come in and hold the flourishing Rockies offense down at home. They have been hot the last couple of games and are likely riding a high into Monday night’s game. For the Rockies, they will be wondering whether Tyler Anderson can get back to his 2016 form. He has struggled early in his sophomore season and the Rockies really need him to get back on track as their number two starter, especially without Jon Gray.

Tuesday, April 25th 6:40pm: Joe Ross (1-0 3.86) vs. TBD

The Rockies have not yet named a starter for Tuesday’s game, though it is likely they make a call up. With Jeff Hoffman struggling early in the year, it seems German Marquez will come in and make the start and take over the empty rotation spot. Marquez showed good flashes last year and he will be yet another young pitcher in this Rockies rotation. With the recent success of young starters, the Rockies should be looking forward to yet another young guys taking the hill.

Wednesday, April 26th 6:40pm: Tanner Roark (2-0 3.65) vs. Tyler Chatwood (2-2 4.10)

Wednesday night’s game is the game with the most set matchup and it features two good righties. Tanner Roark has been good early with two decisions and a really solid ERA. Tyler Chatwood has been alright, doing a little bit better recently, especially his last road start, but at home he has still struggled. He really does need to straighten up, especially in a series where you’re facing one of the best teams in the league. Having Harper and Murphy definitely doesn’t bode well for Chatwood, but perhaps he will have a good outing at home.

Thursday, April 27th: 1:10pm: Gio Gonzalez (2-0 1.35) vs. Antonio Senzatela (3-0 2.08)

This is the best matchup of the series with both pitchers dominating early. Senzatela was terrific his last start out and will look to replicate that in a game that will likely be low scoring. This is a day game at Coors and the ball will be flying, but there could also be some bad weather that may impact the game. This series could really go any way, especially with some of the question marks on the mound. Both teams have some potent offenses and either team could go off during any game this series. The Rockies would love to come away with three games in this series, but losing any more than two would be greatly damaging to the team.

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