June 11, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) slides into home plate safe against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Nationals 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Ohlendorf Debuts Where Pitchers Go To Die


The Nationals’ rotation has lined up quite unfortunately with this trip to Coors Field.

First, homer-prone Dan Haren was lit up. Now, Ross Ohlendorf must brave the treacherous field, and his 4.27 ERA in Triple A does not bode well. However, as usual, there is a glimmer of hope. Ohlendorf pitched for the Padres last season, and one of his best starts came against the Rockies: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 6 K. However, that came in cavernous Petco Park, which is as different from Coors as it gets. Again, it looks like the Nats’ only hope might be to outslug the Rockies, which they failed to do last night. Unfortunately, Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (7-3, 3.38) has been excellent this season, and the Nationals have been hapless against lefties. They are last in baseball in batting average and on-base percentage against left-handers, but now would be as good a time as any to overcome that shortcoming. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Denard Span CF

Jeff Kobernus LF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Jayson Werth RF

Adam LaRoche 1B

Ian Desmond SS

Anthony Rendon 2B

Jhonatan Solano C

Ohlendorf RHP

Colorado

Dexter Fowler CF

Jonathan Herrera 2B

Carlos Gonzalez LF

Troy Tulowitzki SS

Todd Helton 1B

Nolan Arenado 3B

Tyler Colvin RF

Yorvit Torrealba C

De La Rosa LHP

 

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