Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies
When and Where: Tuesday, April 23, Coors Field, Denver, Colo., 8:40 p.m. EDT.
Having finally notched his first win since joining the Washington Nationals, Patrick Corbin hopes the second one comes about Tuesday night when his team’s series continues against the Colorado Rockies.
Corbin looks for second straight winning start for Nats
Corbin (1-0, 2.36 ERA) finally broke through for his first win with the Nationals since signing a six-year, $140 million free agent deal in December.
The left-hander had not pitched all that badly in any of his previous three starts and has found a groove in the last two. Corbin limited the Giants to one run and two hits while striking out nine in 7 2-3 innings of a 4-2 victory Thursday.
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— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 18, 2019
“When he can throw strikes on both sides of the plate, he’s tough,” Manager Dave Martinez told The Washington Post. “He gets ahead of hitters [and] makes that slider that much better.”
Corbin has limited opposing hitters to a .198 batting average and struck out 33 in 26 2-3 innings, fanning at least nine in each of his last three outings.
The southpaw has plenty of experience against Colorado from his days with Arizona, entering this contest 8-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 20 career starts. Corbin split two decisions in four starts while posting a 5.12 ERA versus the Rockies last year.
He is 3-2 with a 6.45 ERA in 10 lifetime starts at Coors Field but has yielded three or fewer runs in the last three. Nolan Arenado has fared well against the lefty, going 12 for 41 with three home runs, and Charlie Blackmon is 11 for 39.
Mark Reynolds has just two hits in 15 at-bats in their matchups, but both of them have left the yard.
Rockies turning to Hoffman to fill Freeland’s spot
Kyle Freeland was originally supposed to start this game, but the Rockies put him on the injured list Monday with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand. The move was done as a precaution to make sure he would only miss one turn in the rotation.
Freeland thinks he'll miss just one start. He can come back April 29. More a safety measure to make sure nothing gets worse…
— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) April 22, 2019
It was originally thought the Rockies would turn to Chad Bettis, who was skipped over his last turn due to an off day, but they instead will call up Jeff Hoffman (0-0, 9.35 ERA in 2018) from Triple-A Albuquerque after holding him out of his Monday scheduled start for the Isotopes. He had gone 0-2 with a 13.89 ERA in three appearances spanning 11 2-3 innings there.
The right-hander made one start and six overall appearances for Colorado last season, giving up nine runs and 15 hits in 8 2-3 innings. Hoffman’s lone start was forgettable, giving up three runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings and not factoring in the decision of a 10-7 victory July 13.
Hoffman lost his only career start against Washington in 2016, yielding four runs and six hits — two of them home runs — in six innings of an 8-5 road loss.
The Nationals are:
- 10-4 in their last 14 during game 2 of a series.
- 5-2 in their last seven Tuesday games.
- 8-0 in their last eight games when their opponent scores five or more runs in the previous game.
The Rockies are:
- 1-5 in their last six home games vs. left-handed starters.
- 2-7 in their last nine games after allowing five or more runs in the previous game.
- The home team is 1-5 the last six games Jerry Layne has been plate umpire.