Washington Nationals: 5 To Watch Against Colorado

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Apr 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates scoring with first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) on his two run home run during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates scoring with first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) on his two run home run during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /
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ANTONIO SENZATELA

When you think of good pitching, the Rockies staff rarely come to mind. The thin air of the Rocky Mountains causes free agent pitchers to shy away from the friendly confines of Colorado.

We might need to rethink that as Antonio Senzatela is off to a great start. A pure rookie, he is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts. In 26 innings, this 22-year-old from Venezuela has scattered 18 hits and four walks while striking out 17. That gives him a WHIP of 0.846.

Not bad for a pitcher who made seven total starts in Double-A all on the road as his Hartford Yard Goats never had a home last year. Senzatela went 4-1 with an ERA of 1.82. Eastern League managers sleep better at night with him in the show.

The one game this year where Senzatela drew no decision? A five-inning effort against the Milwaukee Brewers where he did not allow a run. The Giants are sick of him as he beat them twice, not allowing a walk over 14.1 innings.

Slated to go in the series finale Thursday afternoon, the Nats and us will get a good show. FanGraphs does not paint him with a great scouting report. They say Senzatela throws a 94-mph fastball mixed with a slider and changeup.

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