Nats begin a four-game series against the Rockies

The temperature was in the mid-80s two weeks ago on Opening Day. It was unseasonably warm for the beginning of April so it is only fitting that it is a little chilly today. The sun is shining but the temperature is in the low 60s with a brisk wind.

 

The Nats open up a four game series against the Rockies tonight. Craig Stammen takes the mound in his third game of the season and the good news is that it won’t be against the Phillies.

 

He gave up 11 earned runs in 6.1 innings in his first two starts against the Phillies and lasted just 1.1 innings on Wednesday.

 

“The important thing is to bounce back,” Stammen said.

 

He will be attempting to return to his spring form against a Rockies team that has beat the Nationals nine straight times. The Rockies are a perfect 6-0 at Nationals Park and of the 21 clubs that have played games at Nationals Park, 20 have lost at least once. Of course, the lone exception is Colorado.

 

That means just one thing–statistics majors close your eyes–the Nats are due for a victory.

 

The view is always the same unless you are in front. Don’t look now but the Nationals lead the NL with 14 stolen bases and six triples. Pudge Rodriguez leads the NL with a .444 batting average, Livan Hernandez leads the NL with a 0.00 ERA and Matt Capps leads the NL with five saves.

 

Lineups:

Rockies (6-6):

1.      Carlos Gonzalez – CF

2.      Seth Smith – LF

3.      Todd Helton – 1B

4.      Troy Tulowitzki – SS

5.      Brad Hawpe – RF

6.      Miguel Olivo – C

7.      Ian Stewart – 3B

8.      Clint Barmes – 2B

9.      Aaron Cook – SP (0-1, 5.56 ERA)

 Nationals (6-6):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Pudge Rodriguez – C

7.      Willie Harris – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Craig Stammen – SP (0-0, 15.63 ERA)

 

Pitching probables:

Tuesday, April 20 Jorge De La Rosa (1-1, 2.77) vs. LHP Scott Olsen (0-0, 6.35)

Wednesday, April 21 RHP Jason Hammel (0-1, 11.42) vs. LHP John Lannan (1-1, 5.74)

Thursday, April 22 RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Livan Hernandez (2-0, 0.00)

 

Happy Birthday current Rockies and former Nationals relief pitcher Joe Beimel. The left-hander turns 33 today. Beimel did not pitch on his birthday last year while wearing a Nats uniform.

 

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