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Olsen stands tall

May 7, 2010, 3:39 AM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Scott Olsen’s brilliant performance tonight was the latest in a string of them.

It’s amazing to think back now to late-March, when Scott Olsen looked like a prime candidate to be released. To that point, the left-hander had given no indication he was going to make a full recovery from last summer’s shoulder surgery, and the Nationals considered dropping altogether and saving $750,000 in the process.

Instead, Olsen was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse to open the season, and one week later he joined the big-league rotation. Over the last two weeks, he’s been nothing short of remarkable, stringing together 20 consecutive scoreless innings before tonight’s near no-hitter was broken up in the eighth.

Here’s the full story on Olsen on CSNwashington.com.

  1. Wally - May 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Olsen's velocity is up across the board, particularly his 2 seam fastball, which also seems to be moving more. Some reason to think (hope?) that he holds on to his improved pitching

  2. e6 - May 7, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    On April 18 my 15 year old son and I went to Marquis last start. Olsen was signing that day and my son introduced himself as a lefty sinkerballer. Olsen said, "I just learned to throw a sinker three weeks ago." Someone (Livan, McCatty, Pudge?) is talking up the wonders of the sinker.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Friday's games

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