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VIDEO: Nats’ rotation enters 2014 with high expectations

Mar 4, 2014, 7:16 PM EST


In Mark’s latest feature from Nationals’ spring training he talks with the team’s rotation about the expectations they face heading into this year. Two seasons ago they were arguably the best group of starters in baseball, but took a step back in 2013. Now Doug Fister joins an already talented mix looking to take them over the top and lead the Nats back into the postseason.

In this video you will see interviews with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister, as well as Matt Williams and Steve McCatty.

Check it out:

  1. Sonny G 10 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Excellent rotation on paper. Let’s make it an excellent rotation on the field. Go Nats!!!

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Mark Zuckerman’s last bit is probably the most important: Stay healthy!

  3. veejh - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Stras needs to make a statement this season and shed some of the perception that he’s mentally weak out there.

    • therealjohnc - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      He will never shed that reputation. It’s the internet. The Nats have a top 10 payroll now, and still the “LERNERZ R CHEEP” crowd talks. If Stras wins 25 games and leads the Nats to the WS, if he has a bad game that includes a couple of errors the same people will start chirping “can’t handle adversity!”

      Strasburg made one heckuva statement last year, it just got masked the Nats didn’t score for him and the bullpen struggled in his games as well. His IP went up, along with his going deeper into ballgames (especially if you take out the ejection against the Braves, which wasn’t really pitching related). By virtually any measure he was the best pitcher on the team. You’d just never know it by the W-L record, largely for reasons out of his control

      • veejh - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Anyone who knows baseball knows that W L record is the worst way to gauge a pitcher. I agree he was the best, although JZimm was a close 2nd. The problem is his propensity to crumble every so often after he gives up a HR or when something doesnt go his way. His body language completely changes and he almost pouts on the mound. This is what he needs to control.

  4. Section 222 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Clip wins the bobblehead vote. I thought Williams would get it, but am very glad that it’s Clip. He’s a lot more fun to caricature too. NL, if you voted a few thousand times, well played. :-)

  5. veejh - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Didnt realize Stras was working on a slider in the offseason. He debuted it today vs the Braves and got two outs, a K on BJ, and a grounder on Gattis. Add another pitch to the Stras arsenal!

    • natinalsgo - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      Gattis hates the slider. Do you remember the tape measure HR he hit off of Stras last year on a fastball.

      Stras didn’t need another pitch for his arsenal but it shows what a competitor he is. This is great news.

  6. Doc - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Danny won the battle for 2nd base to-day—-he only K’d 1X, and ARen K’d 3X!

    • natinalsgo - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      Do you know where ST stats go?

      • therealjohnc - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        I suspect that Doc was being sarcastic …

      • natinalsgo - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        I got some humor in it. If we based 2nd base on stats, Rendon has 1 RBI on that long Sac Fly and neither have a hit. I’m impressed by Danny’s K rate so far but so far is little data.





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