The Nationals had an offensive breakthrough Tuesday night at Coors Field with three home runs and a total of 12 runs scored. The scoring surge has a good chance to continue Wednesday night as the Colorado Rockies plan to start 24-year-old rookie Edwar Cabrera, a late-blooming pitcher who last pitched in Double-A.
The left-handed Cabrera will make his major league debut against Jordan Zimmermann the Nationals as he takes the rotation spot of Alex White, another Rockies' top pitching prospect. White was 2-6 on the season with a 6.45 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched. Cabrera has an 8-4 record at Double-A Tulsa with a 2.94 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 98 innings. White will now be demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Leaping from Double-A to the majors to start the next day isn't something we see every day, but Cabrera has been consistent in the minors and the Rockies need pitching help. It presents a sort of wild card for the Nats who will have to face a lefty they have little time to prepare for with film and scouting reports.