Rockies @ Nationals: Game Preview (7/6)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Friday, July 6, 2012

Rockies vs Nationals
7:05 PM Nationals Park

Story Lines:
  • The Rockies helped jump start the Nats offense, lets not return the favor.
  • In the last two series that Nats haven't scored less than 5 runs in a game.
  • Strasburg is trying to avoid watching the team lose 3 in a row on his starts.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Drew Pomeranz
    • 0-3 with a 3.72 ERA.
    • The only Nat he has faced is Mark DeRosa.
    • He has lost his last two games, both to the Padres, who are awful.
  • Stephen Strasburg
    • 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA.
    • Only pitched 3 innings last start because of dehydration in the heat.
    • Fun Fact: Stras has only intentionally walked 1 person in his career, Colorado's Jordan Pacheco.
Who to Watch:
  • Dexter Fowler
    • Batting .667 with a triple and 1 RBI against Strasburg lifetime.
    • Went 2-4 yesterday against the Cardinals.
    • Leads the Rockies in walks (36) and triples (9).
  • Mark DeRosa
    • The only guy to face Pomeranz on the Nats, batting .333 lifetime off of him.
    • Had a hit an run scored yesterday pinch hitting off the bench.
    • Is batting .333 in the last 7 days with two doubles.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Hydration.  Drink plenty of fluids Strasburg.
  2. Short Innings.  Work quickly and play good defense.  Get off the field as much as possible.
  3. Wear Out Their Pen.  Hot series and the Rockies have terrible starting pitching.  Get to the bullpen earlier and often today and drain them for the series.

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