Washington Nationals: Will April Be Just As Fun In 2017?
By Ricky Keeler
A Rare April Trip To Coors Field
A unique series in April will take place when the Nats wrap up a ten game road trip (April 18-27). They will wrap up the trip with a four game at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. This trip will be the earliest the Nats will travel to Colorado since they became the Washington Nationals back in 2005.
Whenever a team goes to face Colorado on the road, there’s a chance a lot of runs are going to be scored. At Coors Field last season, the Nats and Rockies combined to score 39 runs in the three games, including a Rockies 12-10 win in the series finale.
The big issue going to Colorado in April is what the weather might be like. Could we see a game cancelled because of snow? Will the temperatures be sub-freezing? The conditions could play a factor during this series.
While Ian Desmond won’t be visiting Nats Park until July, this is the first time the Washington Nationals will face him since he signed with the Texas Rangers last offseason. Will Desmond be playing first base during this series or will the Rockies sign another impact bat that allows him to go to the outfield?
If the Rockies can find some success with their starting rotation under new manager Bud Black, they could be a surprise in the National League with the talented offense that they have. Plus, this is a matchup that could have the second basemen (Daniel Murphy and DJ LeMahieu) that finished in the top two in the National League batting title. LeMahieu ended up winning it.
Heading into that series, the Nats will need to be aware of a team that will try to make a statement against one of the perceived National League contenders.