Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is coming off consecutive losses for the first time in 15 months when he squares off against Jon Gray and the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.
After holding opponents to one run or less in six of his previous seven starts, Strasburg coughed up 10 runs over 10 innings in his last two outings. The Rockies will be no easy task, as they entered Tuesday having scored an National League-high 5.2 runs per game with 6.2 runs per game at home.
"The biggest adjustment you have to make as a manager, you don't know when to take your pitcher out," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said of managing at Coors Field. "You don't know [if] you're giving them too much or taking them out too quick, and you can go through your whole bullpen in a matter of time and even if you come out of here victorious, your bullpen is kinda wrecked for your next stop."
Gray is looking to get back on track as well after allowing 15 runs (14 earned) in his last two starts over eight total innings. He held opponents to one run or less in the four outings before the rocky pair.
Three things to know
• Gray's recent struggles have coincided with him giving up the home-run ball. He allowed a homer in each of his last two starts but only gave up one in his previous five outings.
• Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth set a Nationals record when he reached base for the 44th straight game on Tuesday night with a third-inning single. Werth has the longest active streak in baseball.
• Strasburg has had mixed success at Coors Field. He's held an impressive 3.44 ERA over 18 1/3 innings with 18 strikeouts and four walks, but the Nationals are 1-2 in those games.
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.