Nats-Rockies Game One Preview
So TJ mistakenly trusted me with doing this weekend's preview and I completely missed that this weekend's series starts today so here's a super quick preview for tonight's game.
The Colorado Rockies make the return visit to DC for a four game set starting tonight. Tonight the Nats will face a familiar opponent in starting pitcher Roy Oswalt. Oswalt is making his first start for the Rockies after a few warm-up starts in the minors. It remains to be seen how much of the old Oswalt is still in him, but the Nats history against him does not inspire hope.
Ryan Zimmerman is the only current National to be able to hit Oswalt with any sort of success. A team OPS of .662 isn't good for an offense that has already had a full season's worth of struggles this year. If Oswalt has even a fraction of the effectiveness he had in his heyday it could be a long night for the Nationals.
The Nats offense should have plenty of opportunties to grab a win though, as Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound for the Nats.
Interestingly Zimmermann has never faced Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. That won't be rectified tonight as Tulowitzki went on the disabled list after suffering a rib injury the last time these two teams met.
Overall, Zimmermann is successful against the Rockies, holding them to a team OPS of .628. Jordan Pacheco's .900 OPS in six at-bats are a bit surprising to see, but is likely just a product of random variation.
From the numbers, tonight is shaping up to be a pitcher's duel, the Nationals will be looking to have it fall in their favor in order to even up their record at .500 once again.