Nationals @ Rockies: Game Preview (6/26)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nationals vs Rockies
Coors Field
8:40 MASN2

Story Lines:
  • The Nationals have lost 3+ games in a row 5 times this season.  Trying to avoid making that 6.
  • Gio is trying to become the leader in wins on the staff tonight with win number 10.
  • No excuses of travel fatigue tonight, the offensive needs to produces for the Nats.
  • The Rockies fired their pitching coach

Pitching Match Up:
  • Gio Gonzalez
    • 9-3 with a 2.55 ERA.
    • Has only faced two of the current Rockies, Cuddyer and Scutaro.
    • Has only given up 1 homerun all season.
  • Christian Friedrich
    • 4-4 with a 5.65 ERA.
    • Has never faced any of the current Nationals.
    • Has only made it through 7 innings twice this season.
Who to Watch:
  • Michael Morse
    • Is only hitting .217 with 1 homerun and 5 RBIs since returning from injury.
    • Since hitting his homerun on Jun 19th, his average has dropped 13 points.
    • He should LIVE for Coors Field.
  • Michael Cuddyer
    • Batting .400 lifetime against Gio with a homerun in 10 at bats.
    • Has hit 11 homeruns on the season and is second the team in RBIs (47)
Keys to the Game:
  1. Score Some Runs.  We are going to need at least 3 runs to win this thing.
  2. Stop BUNTING.  Small ball and Coors Field do not mix.
  3. Go-Go-Gio.  Gio can't get chased early, because I don't want to see what Wang will do in Coors.

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