The Washington Nationals lost again last night 9-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game was Jason Marquis' second start since returning from the disabled list, and while he may have had his best start of the season, he got run out of the game in just four innings.
Marquis gave up fife earned runs on seven hits and three homers, continuing what will go down as one of the worst seasons for a highly paid Nats starter in history. With the loss, the starter who is earning $7.5 million this season, dropped his record to 0-5 with a 14.33 ERA. He has pitched only 16.1 innings in five starts and has more walks (10) than strikeouts (8).
Instead of writing a full game recap on yet loss from the hands of Marquis, I decided to go back and round up all of the right-handers starts to show just how bad he has been this year. Prepare yourself to see the most expensive pitcher per out in the majors...
Apr. 7 | 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 K, 2 BB
"This is the opposite of what Mike Rizzo wanted when he went after Jason Marquis as a work-horse with a track-record. A major problem last season was that the young starting pitching was not putting in enough innings and as a result the bullpen was gaining too much wear-and-tear to be effective as the season went on. The Nationals will play again tomorrow at 4:35 and the club will count on Craig Stammen at least getting to the sixth inning."
Apr. 12 | 4.1 IP, 6H, 6 ER, 1K, 2BB
"The Nationals began to unfold in the fourth, and fell apart in the fifth. Washington gave up two runs by the hands of Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard in the fourth before letting the game slip away with five runs in the fifth. Jason Marquis' great start turned into a blowout as he was chased out of the game in the fifth after allowing all of the Phillies seven runs, six of them earned. In 4.2 innings of work he gave up six hits and walked two while striking out only one."
Apr. 18 | 0 IP, 4 H. 7 ER, 0 K, 1 BB
"More disappointing than the offensive explosion the Nationals allowed was the fact it came off of a pitcher the club spent good money to attain this offseason to help them do just the opposite. Marquis was inked to a two-year $15 million deal to be a workhorse for a rotation that struggled to get quality major league innings, however after three starts this season he has yet to work his way past the fourth inning. This has now come to a head today as Marquis failed to record even one out before being yanked after allowing seven earned runs, a walk, and four hits."