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Game preview: Yohan Flande vs. Max Scherzer

Today's game pits Yohan Flande against Max Scherzer

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The rubber match between the Rockies and Nationals is a brunch time affair, as it's set to begin at 11:35 MT.

Rockies Ace Yohan Flande takes the hill today. His aceness can be traced a Craig Goldstein tweet:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Of pitchers who have started a game for the Rockies, one (1) has an ERA below 4.09. That pitcher is Yohan Flande.</p>&mdash; Craig Goldstein (@cdgoldstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/cdgoldstein/status/630196740646416384">August 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Solid. Flande, who moonlights in the bullpen, will make his third start of the season and his 13th career start. He enters today's game with a 3.54 ERA in 28 innings. His 2.79 DRA suggests that he's been even better than his ERA indicates, although his 109 cFIP counters by saying that he's actually a below average pitcher. We shall see.

While Flande has only made 12 starts in his career, two of them have come against the Nationals. In 2014, he allowed seven runs on eleven hits over 10 2/3 innings (5 1/3 in each start) against the Nats. The Rockies lost both games.

The Nationals respond with 2013 AL Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. Scherzer enters with a 2.31 ERA in a league leading 154 innings pitched. He's struck out 10.44 batters per nine innings, which trails only Chris Sale, Chris Archer, and Clayton Kershaw among MLB starters. Scherzer gets those strikeouts on the shoulders of his mid-90s fastball coupled with a secondary repertoire that includes a slider, a changeup, and a curveball.

Scherzer's 1.93 DRA suggests that he's been even better than his 2.31 ERA. His 66 cFIP is tied with Kershaw and Archer for second best in baseball, and is behind only Sale. Scherzer is simply one of the best in the game, so if he retires the first batter be prepared to see a bunch of "perfect game watch!" tweets. Today will be Scherzer's sixth career start against the Rockies, but it's his first since 2012.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Charlie Blackmon - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Yunel Escobar - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jose Reyes - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Anthony Rendon - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Carlos Gonzalez - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Bryce Harper - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ryan Zimmerman - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Ben Paulsen - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jayson Werth - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Mike McKenry - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ian Desmond - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Daniel Descalso - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Wilson Ramos - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Kyle Parker - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Michael Taylor - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Yohan Flande - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Max Scherzer - RHP</td></tr></tbody>

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