The Colorado Rockies are coming off a big sweep of the San Francisco Giants and the offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders. That might be a very good thing with Bryce Harper and the red-hot Washington Nationals paying a visit to Denver for four games.
Beginning on Monday, Coors Field will see a battle of division leaders. Colorado is 13-6, including a 6-3 mark at Coors Field after polishing off a sweep of the Giants with an 8-0 win on Sunday. That win continues Colorado’s early hot trend that has placed them on the top of the National League West standings.
Washington, meanwhile, is setting the pace in the National League East with a 13-5 record. They’re the only other National League team to earn 13 wins so far this season and their .722 winning percentage represents the only NL mark higher than Colorado’s .684. The Nationals arrived in Denver in the early morning hours after earning their seventh consecutive win on Sunday Night Baseball on the road against the New York Mets. The Sunday night win earned the Nationals a sweep of the Mets and their fourth consecutive series win.
It’s no surprise that Harper is leading his team in batting average (.400 … and that’s not a misprint), homers (seven) and RBI (20). He’s part of a Washington offense that is second in Major League Baseball with a .268 average. Colorado, meanwhile, enters this series hitting .241 as a team.
Here’s a look at how the series is shaping up at Coors Field…
Probable Pitching Matchups
Monday at 6:40 pm MT
Tuesday at 6:40 pm MT
Colorado’s TBD vs. Washington’s Joe Ross (1-0, 3.86 ERA)
Wednesday at 6:40 pm MT
Thursday at 1:10 pm MT
Notes on pitching matchups: Colorado will miss seeing Stephen Strasburg on the hill for Washington during this series. He’s expected to go on paternity leave on Monday.
Who will Colorado start on Tuesday? It’s an answer we should know later today, but it’s a pretty good guess judging by some of Bud Black’s comments that it could be German Marquez, who started the season on Colorado’s roster but never saw action out of the bullpen.
How to watch or listen
Colorado TV: Root Sports Rocky Mountain
Washington TV: MASN 2 (Monday-Wednesday) and MASN (Thursday)
Colorado Radio: KOA
Washington Radio: WJFK-FM
Note: Games are also streaming on MLB.TV
Statistic to know: Can Charlie Blackmon keep it going? Chuck Nazty hit a leadoff triple for the second consecutive game on Sunday. He became the third player in franchise history to hit a leadoff triple in consecutive games. Blackmon is hot at the plate, He’s riding an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and nine RBI during that stretch.
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