Most weekday evenings, Big League Stew looks at five approaching games worth monitoring. As they occur, feel free to discuss the night's happenings with other Stewies in the comment section below.
Nationals at Astros, 8:05 ET Houstonians will be treated to the strangest doubleheader in Minute Maid Park history, as the clubs first will conclude a May 5 game that started in Washington and was suspended because of rain.
No problem, right? Just pick up where they left off? Well, Elijah Dukes has since been sent to Triple-A and is no longer eligible to play. Conveniently, the newly acquired Nyjer Morgan(notes) replaces Dukes (and will immediately steal second base). Sounds fair.
Other oddities: The Nats' former starting catcher, Jesus Flores(notes), is injured and Washington's pitcher of record is Joel Hanrahan(notes), who was part of the trade package that brought Morgan from the Pirates. John Lannan(notes), the scheduled starter for today's game, has volunteered to pitch both games if necessary.
Braves at Rockies, 8:40 ET Hottest team in the majors (Colorado), meet the hottest young pitcher in the majors (Tommy Hanson(notes)). Coors Field to a pitcher is sort of like Frank Sinatra's New York, New York. Philly and Texas might be tougher parks, technically, but if you can make it at Coors, you can make it anywhere.
- Elijah Dukes