Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals
When and Where: Wednesday, July 24, Nationals Park, Washington D.C., 7:05 p.m. EDT.
Out to end a run of no-decisions and hoping for some run support, Patrick Corbin takes the mound for the Washington Nationals in the nightcap of their day-night doubleheader versus the Colorado Rockies.
The doubleheader was required due to Monday’s rainout coupled with the fact this is Colorado’s only visit to the nation’s capital.
Freeland still struggling to find form for Rockies
This will be Kyle Freeland‘s third start after a six-week stint in the minors, and there have been few signs the left-hander — who won 17 games last year — has solved the problems that have led to a miserable season to date.
Freeland (2-7, 7.62 ERA) has lasted just four innings in each of his two starts, getting tagged for 10 runs and 15 hits. He took the loss against the New York Yankees on Friday after getting reached for five runs and six hits in four innings of an 8-2 setback.
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It can be argued Freeland made just one mistake in his four innings, but it proved costly as Edwin Encarnacion belted a grand slam in the third.
“The first two innings the change up was really effective tonight,” Rockies manager Bud Black told the club’s official website. “[But] we couldn’t get the ball over the plate. He was trying to bring the pitches down to get the ground ball. He couldn’t get it to his spot. The selectivity of the Yankees was apparent in the third inning.”
Freeland is 0-4 with a 6.91 ERA in his last six road starts after opening the season with a victory in Miami. His turn in the rotation did not come up when the Nationals visited Coors Field in late April, and the southpaw is 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA in three career matchups.
He went 1-0 in two starts last year, yielding three runs and 15 hits in 10 2-3 innings. Trea Turner, who hit for the cycle against the Rockies for the second straight season in Tuesday night’s 11-1 win, has a triple and a double in six at-bats.
Corbin looking to extend dominant form at home
Corbin (7-5, 3.40) has failed to register a decision in his last four starts, though he has been medicore in the last two with five runs allowed in 11 innings compared to conceding just one in 14 innings in the prior two.
Patrick Corbin’s last five starts:
32.0 IP, 11.81 K/9, 1.41 BB/9, 0.28 HR/9, 1.97 ERA, 1.48 FIP, 2.49 xFIP, 1.6 fWAR#Nationals
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Corbin worked in and out of trouble Friday night in Atlanta, yielding two runs and eight hits over five innings. The Nationals got him off the hook for a loss before eventually losing 4-3 to the Braves in walkoff fashion and spoiling Corbin’s 30th birthday.
The southpaw, though, has been sublime at Nationals Park this year with a 4-1 record and 1.84 ERA in nine starts. Six of the 13 runs he has given up there came in a May loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, and Corbin is 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last five outings at home — striking out 42 in 38 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .180 batting average.
No stranger to facing the Rockies from his days with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Corbin improved to 9-4 lifetime against them April 23 after yielding three runs in six innings of a 6-3 victory.
The Rockies are:
- 0-6 in Freeland’s last six Wednesday’s starts.
- 0-7 in their last seven in the second game of a doubleheader.
- 1-4 in Freeland’s last five road starts vs. above-.500 teams.
The Nationals are:
- 5-0 in Corbin’s last five home starts.
- 4-1 in their last five in the second game of a doubleheader.
- 6-1 in their last seven Wednesday games.