With the season quickly approaching the Nationals announced yesterday that John Lannan, Jason Marquis, Craig Stammen, and Livan Hernandez will make up the first four spots of the clubs rotation, in that order. This leaves one spot remaining for three starting pitchers, Scott Olsen, J.D Martin, and Garret Mock.
The Nationals had all but awarded a spot in the rotation to Garret Mock earlier in the spring, but the stellar performance of Stammen and Hernandez in the recent weeks have helped them leapfrog the 26-year-old righty. In four games this spring Stammen has posted a 3.14 ERA with 10 strikeouts, and Hernandez showed the league that he can still get batters out when he shutdown the Yankees to one run last Wednesday.
Olsen made things harder last night when he had a stellar outing against the clubs National League East rival, the Atlanta Braves. Olsen allowed only one earned run in five and a third innings pitched, striking out four and walking none.
Analysis: Mock has all but pitched himself out of the rotation, allowing five runs in his last nine innings this spring. It had appeared that Olsen had done the same until last night no comments