DENVER -- The Rockies will trot out at least three left-handed pitchers in a four-game series against the Nationals, which makes for a good reason to keep hot-hitting Tyler Moore in the lineup.
In his rookie season, Moore has seen twice as many at-bats against lefties than he has against righties. His best game, however, came against right-handed pitcher Kyle Drabek in Toronto, when Moore notched three hits -- two of them homers -- to finish with 10 total bases.
"His performance has not gone unnoticed by the managerial staff," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Moore was called up on April 29, then sent back on May 28. In that span, he had three hits in 19 at-bats (.158).
"He wasn't playing," Johnson said. "The worst thing you can do when a player comes up to the bigs is sit them. When he came up the second time [June 7], he was more aggressive."
Moore is hitting .375 his last 10 games. He started in left field Monday against the Rockies, and it's a good bet he'll see extensive playing time in the four-game series.
Jeff Francis, who started on Monday, is left-handed, as are Christian Friedrich and Josh Outman, the projected Tuesday and Wednesday starters. Also, the Rockies optioned right-handed starter Alex White -- Thursday's probable starter -- to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday. His replacement could be southpaw Drew Pomeranz