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Game 36: Nats at Rockies

May 14, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
More rain is expected tonight at Coors Field.

DENVER — The pitching matchup of the young season takes place tonight at Coors Field. Who would have guessed that matchup would involve Ubaldo Jimenez and Livan Hernandez?

Jimenez, of course, has enjoyed a breakout six weeks, tossing his no-hitter last month in Atlanta en route to a 6-1 record and 0.93 ERA. Hernandez, meanwhile, stands right behind Jimenez with a 1.04 ERA to go along with a 4-1 record.

These two already faced each other April 22 at Nationals Park, with Jimenez getting the better of Livo, winning 2-0. Those two runs are the most Hernandez has allowed in any start so far this season.

So this figures to be another nip-and-tuck ballgame tonight … assuming it gets played at all. Yes, it's raining again. It was gorgeous this morning. But the clouds started rolling in around lunchtime, and it's now pouring. Forecast doesn't look good for the rest of the evening.

So buckle up for another long night. I'll be sure to post regular updates, both on the weather and the game…

NATIONALS AT ROCKIES
Where: Coors Field
Gametime: 9:10 p.m.
TV: MASN2-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Showers, 50 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (20-15)
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Adam Kennedy
1B Adam Dunn
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. Anonymous - May 14, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Zim batting clean up???? WHHHAT?!

  2. Uncle Atom - May 14, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    I've been thinking Riggs should switch those two. Ruth batted in front of Gehrig a lot, worked pretty well for them.

  3. dale - May 14, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    I would bat Zim clean up too. So many times Dunn has been up with runners on third and all that is needed is contact. A Dunn walk in front of Zim has more potential for a run being scored. Willie batting fifth is a head scratcher though.

  4. Souldrummer - May 14, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    @daleRiggles like the LRLRLR stuff because he's probably hoping that they'll be able to wait Jimenez out with a high pitch count and he wants to make it tough for Tracy to match up with him when he brings in relievers.

  5. David - May 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Harris is more of a threat to go deep than either Desmond, Bernadina, or Nieves. He's averaged 18 home runs per 600 at bats over the last 2 + seasons

  6. Jaumiusk - May 14, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Mark: The crawl on MLB network claims the game's off, confirm/deny?

  7. natsfan1a - May 14, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Nationals Journal says that same thing, and that they'll play two tomorrow. That means I'll get to see both games in real time. Yay!

  8. Carl in 309 - May 14, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Good news for Mark–he gets to knock off early for the day. Get some rest–tomorrow will probably be a long day!

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 18.5
x-Clinched NL East title

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
LOS ANGELES 87 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 85 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.0 +2.0
PITTSBURGH 82 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 74 9.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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