Nationals @ Dbacks Preview: Rubby Leads The Redemption


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The Diamondbacks and Nationals will meet at Chase Field on Tuesday night for their 2nd game of a 3 game series. The Dbacks will look to avenge last night’s loss when the Nats throttled them 11-1. The Nationals overpowered the Dbacks early on in the game and chased starter Josh Collmenter in the 2nd inning.

Last night’s game saw Yunel Escobar produce a magnificent performance with the bat. He went 5-for-5 with a couple runs and an RBI. Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman smacked homers in the first inning to set the pace of the game. Jordan Pacheco represented the lone Dbacks run with his 2nd home run of the season.

Probable Pitchers 

Stephen Strasburg (2-3, 4.73 ERA, 32 K) vs Rubby De La Rosa (3-2, 4.38 ERA, 38 K)

Strasburg is a 26-year old right hander from San Diego State University. He was the #1 overall selection in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Nationals. Strasburg made his MLB debut back in 2010, less than a year after he was drafted. His career high in victories came in 2012 when he won 15 games. That season he was named to his 1st All Star Game.

This season Strasburg has gotten off to an average start. Strasburg exited his last start against Miami after only 3 innings due to a sore shoulder. In 2015, Strasburg has only faced off against National League East opponents, with the exception of the Boston Red Sox.

De La Rosa is coming off his best performance of the 2015 season. A victorious De La Rosa went 7 scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts. Like Strasburg, De La Rosa has only faced off against opponents in his own division, with the exception of the Pittsburgh Pirates. De La Rosa has never faced off against Washington and only Escobar has had a couple at bats against him.

Starting Pitchers

Ever since Mark Trumbo was placed to hit 2nd back in Colorado, he’s yet to hit anywhere else. Joining him in the outfield and taking his spot at cleanup is David Peralta. Nick Ahmed returns to the lineup with Yasmany Tomas taking a seat. Although Pacheco homered yesterday, he’ll remain on the bench as well.