When Jason Marquis starts tonight, he will try continue a somewhat surprising trend. The Nationals were supposed to have poor starting pitching. It is of course very early, but the Nationals’ starters have been quite good.
In three games, they collectively slapped up a 2.60 ERA, which ranks seventh in the majors. (The Pirates, at 2.55, are sixth … so, yes, again, don’t ready too much into this stuff.) Their starters have walked four batters in 17 1/3 innings, the ninth best rate in the majors. They have struck out eight, or 4.15 per nine, which is 26th in the majors, which probably is representative. Their 2.00 strikeout-to-walk rate ranks 19th, which seems about right.
Marquis’s health and effectiveness will be crucial to the success of the Nationals’ starting rotation. Talk about it right here.