Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies
When and Where: Wednesday, April 24, Coors Field, Denver, Colo., 3:10 p.m. EDT.
German Marquez looks to make some tweaks and pick up a second win in three starts as the Colorado Rockies wrap up a three-game series versus the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
Nats’ Sanchez again goes after first win of 2019
Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 4.91 ERA) has been competitive in his last three starts but not good enough to win any of them as Washington’s offense has failed to help by providing only four runs in those games.
— Redskins Ernie (@skinsdiehards) April 20, 2019
The right-hander took a loss in Miami on Friday night after being reached for three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 3-2 defeat. Both of Sanchez’s losses have come on the road, where he has yielded six runs and 12 hits in 11 innings.
Sanchez went 0-1 in two starts versus Colorado pitching for Atlanta last year, giving up five runs — three of them on solo homers — in 11 2-3 innings. He had gone 4-0 with a 1.77 ERA in his first five starts against the Rockies from 2008-14 pitching for the Marlins and Detroit Tigers.
He will be happy to avoid injured ex-Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is 8 for 17 with a homer, double, and triple in their matchups. Nolan Arenado is 3 for 8, and Trevor Story has a pair of solo homers in five at-bats.
Marquez looks to continue early effectiveness for Rockies
Marquez (2-1, 2.25 ERA) has been Colorado’s best pitcher through the early part of the season, highlighted by his one-hitter at San Francisco on April 14 in which he came within five outs of a no-hitter.
2019 NL Pitching WAR Leaders
Luis Castillo (1.6)
Jake Arrieta (1.5)
German Marquez (1.4)
Patrick Corbin (1.3)
All Leaders: https://t.co/eMwT89IyYa
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) April 23, 2019
Marquez did not have no-hit stuff Friday versus Philadelphia but showed an ability to escape jams as he gave up only two runs despite the Phillies rapping out 10 hits in five innings before Colorado rallied for a 4-3, 12-inning win. The righty said afterwards he was affected by a toothache but did not tell manager Bud Black because he wanted to make the start.
Marquez did not face the Nationals last year and split his two career starts against them in 2017. The worse of the two outings came at Coors Field, where he was drilled for eight runs and nine hits in four innings of a 15-12 slugfest.
The Nationals are:
- 1-4 in their last five games vs. starters with a sub-1.15 WHIP.
The Rockies are:
- 4-1 in Marquez’s last five starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 4-1 in Marquez’s last five starts vs. NL East teams.
- 9-2 in Marquez’s last 11 home starts vs. sub-.500 teams.