Game 75 lineups: Nats at Rockies

DENVER – The Nationals couldn’t hit a lick in three games at home against the Diamondbacks. Maybe a three-game series at Coors Field against the Rockies will do the trick.

If ever there was a ballpark – and an opposing pitching staff – that could snap a team out of its offensive funk, this is that combination. There’s no better place to hit in baseball, and the Rockies give up a major-league-worst 5.87 runs per game (leaps and bounds more than the next-worst pitching staff: the White Sox, at 5.17).

As of this writing, we’re still waiting to see tonight’s lineup, so we don’t know if CJ Abrams is ready to return or if he still needs another day off due to the cyst on his left wrist. Obviously, the Nats would love to have their leadoff man and shortstop playing for them. Whether Abrams plays or not, they’ll still need much more production from others in the lineup, including Lane Thomas, Jesse Winker and Keibert Ruiz.

DJ Herz takes the mound for the Nationals, and it will be fascinating to see how he does tonight on the heels of his brilliant, 13-strikeout gem against the Marlins. It really does seem to boil down to Herz’s ability to keep the ball in the strike zone. And that’s all the more important here, where you simply can’t afford to give away free passes and allow small rallies to turn into big rallies.

Coors Field
Gametime: 8:40 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 88.7 FM (Spanish),
Weather: Slight chance of rain, 80 degrees, wind 7 mph in from left field

SS CJ Abrams 
RF Lane Thomas
LF Jesse Winker
DH Eddie Rosario
1B Joey Meneses
2B Luis García Jr.
3B Nick Senzel
C Drew Millas
CF Jacob Young


CF Brenton Doyle
SS Ezequiel Tovar
3B Ryan McMahon
C Jacob Stallings
1B Michael Toglia
LF Nolan Jones
RF Sean Bouchard
DH Hunter Goodman
2B Alan Trejo

RHP Dakota Hudson

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