Last year on April 18, Jason Marquis faced the Milwaukee Brewers in his third start of the season and did not record an out while surrendering seven runs, raising his ERA, shockingly, to 20.52. He would have needed to throw 30 consecutive scoreless innings in order to bring that down to his career ERA.
Today, April 17, Marquis will face the Brewers again in his third start of the season. Marquis spent his first two starts allaying concerns that his implosion last year owed to anything other the bone chips in his right elbow, which he eventually had removed. Marquis has allowed five earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over his first two starts, pitching at least six innings in both of them. Against the Mets, he struck out nine batters for the third time in his 246 career starts.
By winning Game 1 today, the Nationals can ensure a series victory and at least a .500 homestand while evening their overall record at 7-7. They’ll have to beat Yovani Gallardo, one of the most electric young starters in baseball. He’s allowed six earned runs in 20 innings and is making his fourth start of the season.
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