Though the Colorado Rockies will be below .500 at the All-Star
break for the first time since 2008, they’d love to close the first
half by continuing their success against the Washington
Colorado goes for a three-game sweep and a sixth consecutive
victory over Washington on Sunday at Nationals Park.
Each of the Rockies’ last four wins against the Nationals has
been by a one-run margin, including Saturday’s 2-1 victory. Ubaldo
Jimenez pitched eight strong innings and Todd Helton drove in both
runs to give manager Jim Tracy his 200th win with Colorado
“It’s obviously a good game to win,” Tracy said. “And (Sunday)
would probably be even better to win that ballgame and create some
serious momentum for ourselves going into the break.”
The Rockies are 17-6 in the nation’s capital since the Nationals
relocated from Montreal in 2005. However, Colorado is currently in
third place in the NL West, 7 1/2 games behind first-place San
“At this point, it’s not just about winning a series, it’s about
winning every game,” closer Huston Street said. “We’ve got to play
catchup and do it quick. We’ve got to put ourselves in the
conversation and become relevant, and you have to win to do
Michael Morse had his third multihit game in four contests
Saturday and leads the Nationals with a .306 average, but he’s not
headed to the All-Star game and Washington (45-46) is trying to
avoid its first four-game home skid since dropping six straight
All three losses on the current slide were one-run defeats.
“These one-run games, they’re just flukes,” shortstop Ian
Desmond said. “One of those things. They’ll turn around for
The Rockies’ Jhoulys Chacin (8-6, 3.28 ERA) hopes not as he
looks for his first win in four starts.
An inability to consistently find the strike zone has been a
reason for the right-hander’s struggles. Chacin has walked 15 in 16
2-3 innings over his last three games, and is among the NL leaders
with 49 this year.
He tied a career high by issuing six bases on balls for the
second time in three starts as the Rockies fell 5-3 to Atlanta on
“I just couldn’t control my pitches,” said Chacin, who allowed
four runs and four hits. “If you don’t make your pitches, you start
Chacin walked one in five innings but allowed six runs while
losing his only career start against the Nationals last year. He
has never taken the mound in Washington.
Though he’s pitched well recently, Jordan Zimmermann (5-7, 2.82)
also will be looking for his first victory in four starts.
The right-hander hadn’t surrendered an earned run over 15
innings in two starts before giving up four through six innings
against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. The Nationals won 5-4 in
Zimmermann, who hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his
previous eight games, will make his first home start against the
Rockies. He didn’t factor in the decision in Washington’s 5-4 loss
at Colorado on July 7, 2009.