The Colorado Rockies have enjoyed going to Washington. The
possible return of All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki could help
the Rockies continue that success in the nation’s capital.
The Rockies go for their fifth straight win over the Washington
Nationals on Saturday night when these clubs continue their
Entering Friday’s contest a season-worst six games below .500,
Colorado (42-47) won 3-2 to snap a season-high five-game losing
“You forget what (winning) feels like sometimes,” reliever Matt
The Rockies, though, have won 15 of 20 on the road over the
Nationals and 15 of 18 against them overall.
Carlos Gonzalez went hitless in four at-bats Friday after
missing four games with a bruised right wrist, and now Tulowitzki –
a starter for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Phoenix – could return for
the first time since leaving Monday’s 4-1 loss at Atlanta with a
right quadriceps strain.
“In Tulo’s case, we’re going to monitor very closely how things
go this weekend,” manager Jim Tracy told the Rockies’ official
website. “With that being said, I’d hate to see the guy get grinded
on in the All-Star Game. In order to take a run at the division, I
know full well that if we’re without him for an extended period of
time, it’s not going to happen.”
While the Rockies’ lineup is starting to get healthy, Tracy
would like to see Ubaldo Jimenez (3-8, 4.39 ERA) deliver a solid
performance before the All-Star break. After yielding three runs
over 5 1-3 innings Monday, the right-hander has already matched his
loss total from last season when he finished with a career-best 19
Facing the Nationals could help Jimenez end the first half on a
positive note. He is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in his last three starts
in this matchup.
The Nationals will give the ball to Jason Marquis (7-3, 4.11) as
they try to avoid a season high-tying third straight home loss.
The veteran right-hander is enjoying a solid campaign after
going 2-9 with a 6.60 ERA for Washington in an injury-shortened
2010, but he is 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA in his last two starts.
Marquis lasted a season-low 1 1-3 innings in Sunday’s 10-2 loss
to Pittsburgh. It was his first defeat in seven starts and shortest
outing since Sept. 17.
“It was one of those days,” Marquis told the Nationals’ official
website after getting tagged for seven runs and eight hits. “I’m
obviously not happy about it. It’s one start in a long season. Turn
the page and be ready next time out. I’ve been through it before,
it happens. That’s going to happen if you take the mound
Marquis, who finished 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA in his one season
with Colorado in 2009, is 5-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 11 starts against
Gonzalez gets his first look at Marquis, while Tulowitzki has
one hit – a double – in eight at-bats off the right-hander.
The Nationals have won 15 of 20 at home overall.