To preview the Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies series, we sat down with Jeff from one of the best Rockies blogs on the net, Purple Row, to talk baseball, the Hall of Fame, and commercials.
The Nats Blog: How does it feel to have a worse record than the Nationals right now?
Purple Row: Considering the horrible circumstances the Rockies have been faced with so far this year (death of team president, injuries to 3/5 of the starting rotation, the closer, and several key position players, etc.), I'm quite pleased with the performance of the Rockies thus far (16-17). I mean, their run differential is +29, giving them a Pythagorean record of 20-13. In other words, the Rockies are playing very well.
The fact that their record happens to be worse than the Nationals is inconsequential to me. There are two reasons for this reasoning: One, the Nationals' pitching performance (especially in the bullpen with Clippard and Capps) has been ridiculously unsustainable -- and their -16 run differential is reflected in their 15-19 Pythagorean record. Two, in the NL West, while the division-leading Padres have a great record (and actually deserve it), they are not a long-term threat to the Rockies, who are still positioned well for a run at the NL West Crown and another playoff berth.
The Nats Blog: Jhoulys Chachin has been nasty in his first two starts. Tell us a little bit about the kid and what you expect from him down the road?
Purple Row: Chacin is a beast. Word from scouts has him at a 2/3 starter ceiling, but his great command of 3-4 pitches (especially his changeup), low 90's fastball, and extreme groundball tendencies have Rockies fans looking for big things from Jhoulys Chacin (pronounced yo-lease sha-sheen). Add in a decent strikeout to walk rate to this package and I expect Chacin to be a mid-rotation starter this year with potential to be the 2 to Ubaldo Jimenez going forward. For more info, check out his Fangraphs page.