Rockies @ Nationals: Game Preview (7/8)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Sunday, July 8, 2012

Rockies vs. Nationals
1:35 PM Nationals Park

Story Lines:
  • Final game before the All-Star break, Nats looking to finish strong.
  • Former longtime Orioles Guthrie takes the mound for the Rockies tomorrow.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Jeremy Guthrie
    • 3-8 with a 6.28 ERA.
    • Has NOT been good since joining the Rockies this season.
    • First start since being taken out of the rotation earlier in the season.
  • Jordan Zimmermann
    • 5-6 with a 2.70 ERA.
    • Has the best ERA of the rotation.
    • Has gotten that "can't win at home" monkey off his back.
Who to Watch:
  • Carlos Gonzalez
    • Hitting .667 against J-zimm lifetime.
    • Has game changing power ability and is batting well over .300 for the season (.339)
    • Scored 2 runs the first game of the series before going 0-4 last game.
  • Roger Bernadina
    • The Shark is the only current National to have homered off of Guthrie.
    • He is batting .250 with 2 RBI lifetime against the Rockies starter.
    • Does not have a hit yet in the series.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Start Ryan Zimmerman.  Duh. The guy has a run scored and an RBI in the first two games.
  2. Knock Guthrie Out Before 7th.  His only 3 wins this season he pitched 7.0 innings.
  3. Don't Change a Thing J-zimm.  Do what you do.  Its working.

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