Nationals-Rockies start delayed
The Nationals game against the Rockies at Coors Field has been delayed. The Rockies have not set a new start time, but the grounds crew here stretching the tarp over the infield in anticipation of a coming large rainstorm. The original start time on the East Coast was 8:40 p.m.
The Rockies expect that the storm cell will bring one large of dose of rain with no inclement weather behind it, so they remain optimistic that the game will be played tonight.
The late start will provide one more hurdle for Nationals starter John Lannan. He already chose a tough place to return to the Nationals rotation following his skipped start. Any pitch's missed location will only be exacerbated by Coors Field. It is dreary and cold; it'll probably be colder than 50 degrees at first pitch.
The Nationals will feel comfortable in Lannan's return "if he's locating his pitches better," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "It's very uncharacteristic for him to walk two or three guys in a row the way he has in some of his outings. If those things aren't happening, then we'll feel like he's getting back on track. But if he's not hitting his spots, if the velocity was way down or something, we might have some feeling that he's just not right yet.
"It's a tough place to pitch. He's coming off  days without pitching. It's going to be a challenge. We're not going to read too much into if they get some hits off him and stuff like that. It's a tough place to pitch, period. More the other things - just his location and the freeness of his delivery."
May 13, 2010; 8:11 PM ET
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