Nats need starter for Sunday

With Stephen Strasburg not pitching Sunday against the Phillies, the team has to decide who will take his place.

One thing is certain, right-hander Jason Marquis will not pitch on three days’ rest like Ross Detwiler did Sunday against the Brewers. Marquis pitched Wednesday, allowing four runs in five innings for Triple-A Syracuse.

It also appears that right-hander Livan Hernandez will not pitch on short rest after throwing just 4 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits against the Braves on Wednesday.  

However, left-handers John Lannan and Matt Chico are candidates to make the start. Lannan is having an up-and down- season in the Minor Leagues. In seven starts for Double-A Harrisburg, Lannan is 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA.

Chico is having a solid season in the Minor Leagues this season, going a combined 6-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 19 starts for Harrisburg and Syracuse.

The Nationals could also go back to right-hander Miguel Batista, who pitched five shutout innings in Strasburg’s place on Tuesday. As of Wednesday afternoon, Batista was not told if he would start against the Phillies.


Why not let Harris pitch? Riggleman lets him play everywhere else

Go with Matt Chico. When the team starts to really turn things around he’ll be in the starting rotation. He reminds of the late Dave McNally (O’s), who was a very good pitcher. I think we’d beat the Phil’s on Sunday if they pick him to start.

I would go with Batitsa, after the 1st inning he really settled down and was in a grove, he actually threw some pitches where i said whewwwww. Give him a go, see if he can take this in stride “knowing he is the started,” He answered the pressure the first time

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