Nats Play With Home-Field Advantage In Four-Game Series Vs. Rockies


The Washington Nationals (35-36) will get another crack at the Colorado Rockies (37-36) in a four-game home series after just winning a series over them last week in Colorado.

This series will beginning a sequence of 17 games of which only three will be played away from Washington. The Nationals will certainly welcome this homecoming, as they have spent more time on the road than they have at home so far this season, and their offensive numbers prove their preference for Nationals Park.

The Nationals’ slash line at home is .257/.311/.400 with 25 home runs in 31 games. However, their away slash line is an unfortunate .212/.275/.355 in 40 games, though they have hit 39 home runs in opposing ballparks. Their away batting average and on-base percentage are both the worst away stats among MLB teams, and their slugging percentage is the third worst.

The Rockies, who call one of the most offense-friendly parks their home, have taken advantage of home field advantage through this season, but have an impressive away slash line that shows their offense can be successful anywhere. At home they are hitting .286/.345/.470 with 51 home runs in 40 games, and on the road they are hitting .256/.318/418 with 41 home runs in 33 games.

The Nats won the series against the Rockies the last time, but with a less impressive offensive showing than they would have like. Hopefully, coming home immediately following Ian Desmond’s grand slam on Wednesday night will give them some offensive momentum that will stick.

In The Zone

Jayson Werth (RF) .308 AVG, .379 OBP, .577 SLG, 2 HR, 5 RBI (last seven games)

Who’s Hot?

Carlos Gonzalez (LF) .440 AVG, .481 OBP, .960 SLG, 3 HR (last seven games)

Wilin Rosario (C) .391 AVG, .462 OBP, .739 SLG, 1 HR (last seven games)

Who’s Not?

Josh Rutledge (2B) .045 AVG, .087 OBP, .182 SLG, 7 SO (last five games)

Tyler Colvin (RF) .182 AVG, .250 OBP, .318 SLG, 8 SO (last six games)

Probable Starters

6/20, Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 2.44 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 67 SO) vs. Roy Oswalt (0-0, — ERA)

6/21, Stephen Strasburg (3-6, 2.50 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 77 SO) vs. Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.33 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 31 SO)

6/22, Dan Haren (4-8, 5.72 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 62 SO) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (5-3, 4.26 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 48 SO)

6/23, Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 29 SO) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 3.21 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 57 SO)

Erin Flynn

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Erin is the Lead Beat Writer and Copy Editor for The Nats Blog. She is a journalism major at University of Richmond, and spends entirely too much time thinking about baseball.