Tyler Matzek is second on the team in pitching fWAR, haha. What a year.
The young lefty is one of the few reasons to keep tuning in on Rockies games these days. In his four starts this year, Matzek has two strong outings (against Atlanta and Milwaukee) and two mediocre ones (against LAD and Mil). So call tonight a coin flip; will we get the Matzek with good control and strikeout ability, or the Matzek who allows a ton of base runners?
He will be opposed by Doug Fister, who always reminds me of this classic Far Side panel. Also, I barely even knew 'er, etc etc. The Nationals swiped Fister from the Tigers for a song, and he has had a pretty excellent year, pitching to a 2.83 ERA in ten starts. He doesn't strike too many guys out, but he never walks anyone, so you better go up there ready to hack (that shouldn't be a problem for the Rockies). Actually, his FIP is a rather mediocre 3.99, resulting in 0.5 fWAR, same as Matzek. He has a probably unsustainable .260 BABIP, and he hasn't shown the ability to outperform his FIP in the past. So maybe he's due for some regression.
The lineup is basically what we've come to expect these days. McKenry is spelling Rosario behind the plate, and Ryan Wheeler has become the 3B when righties are on the mound (one more day til Arenado...one more day). Tulo is back in there, and Stubbs seems to have taken up permanent residence in the lineup, match-ups be damned (miss you Cargo/Cuddyer). They couldn't solve the first two starters this series, but maybe they are due to put up a big number.
The Nationals counter with the usual suspects. They have a healthy lineup, the jerks.
I'm feeling optimistic tonight. If Matzek brings his good stuff to the yard I could see him shutting the Nats down for seven innings. Tulo is just about due for a home run, and maybe it will come with guys on base. Go Rockies.
|COLORADO ROCKIES||WASHINGTON NATIONALS|
|C. Blackmon - RF||Denard Span - CF|
|Drew Stubbs - CF||Anthony Rendon - 2B|
|Justin Morneau - 1B||Jayson Werth - RF|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Adam LaRoche - 1B|
|Corey Dickerson - LF||Ryan Zimmerman - 3B|
|Ryan Wheeler - 3B||Bryce Harper - LF|
|Mike McKenry - C||Ian Desmond - SS|
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Jose Lobaton - C|
|Tyler Matzek - LHP||Doug Fister - LHP|