April 2010

Twitter Poll: Who should be in right field?

On Friday, I asked a question to my Twitter followers: Are you happy with the right-field platoon of Willie Harris and Willy Taveras? Why?

Of the 40 people who responded, 35 made it clear that they were not happy with the right-field platoon, while five were OK with the situation. 

Here’s what some of the Twitter followers had to say:

@CraigsOnABoat: It’s time to let our young guns sink or swim. Roger Bernadina is ready and has a much better makeup for right field than Harris/Tavares.

@NotRizzo:  Absolutely not happy about Taveras. Mike Morse is a much better option vs. left-handed pitching.

@NFA_Brian: I would rather see Bernadina get a chance to sink/swim.

@emmi1966: I’d prefer to see one guy have the job.

@tylerradecki: I think the team should stick with Bernadina and give him a chance instead of Taveras. See what Roger can do with a platoon.

@LeperMessiah: No. Neither is experienced in right field and Taveras is not a Major League  bat.

@SacksJacked:  There are better options, but I’m limited with 140 characters.

@federalbaseball: Taveras/Harris? Hmm, so about that long-rumored trade for an outfielder?

@NatsEnquirer: It reeks strongly of the old Nook Logan/Ryan Langerhans no-hit CF platoon of 2007. Blah.

@kfisher32: I think Bernadina is the way to go at this point. Possibly more upside than the Willie or Willy. 

@Neuman85: No one seems to like Taveras, but he seems like a fit for the 2-hole.

@Khillock: Would Maxwell fit in RF? If so, I’d rather see him than the TaHarris platoon. 

@soullmeetsbody: They will be a hitting nightmare. Look at their OPS stats.   

Nats name Mock as fifth starter

The Nationals decided Saturday that right-hander Garrett Mock will be their fifth starter, while Scott Olsen more than likely will start the season at Triple-A Syracuse. 

Mock wins the job even though he was hit hard in his last two starts including a game against the Astros’ Minor League team. He is likely to pitch against the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. 

Based on Spring Training stats, Olsen had the edge, but the organization was split on him and Mock, but there are some who believe that Olsen needs to build arm strength in the Minor Leagues. 

I’ll have more on Nationals.com and MLB.com.

Marquis has nice ending to Spring Training

Right-hander Jason Marquis pitched his final game of the spring, giving up three runs in five innings as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 9-3, on Thursday afternoon.

Marquis struck out four batters, walked none and had 10 groundball outs, proving that his sinkerball was working.

Although he ends the spring with a 9.15 ERA, Marquis said he felt comfortable in his last two outings than he did earlier in the spring. During his first four outings, Marquis allowed 16 runs in 10 innings.

“It’s a step in the right direction. The last two times, I felt comfortable on the mound,” Marquis said. “I fell behind a few hitters, but I was able to work out of a few jams and keep the ball on the ground for the most part.” 

Marquis’ next start will be against the Phillies, the National League Champions, on April 7. He has faced them 19 times and is 5-3 with a 4.38 ERA during his career.

“They have a great lineup. They made a few additions,” he said. “We are going to sit down, come up with a game plan, watch film and go from there. I’ll try to execute as many pitches as possible and try to get outs.”