When I was putting this final Spring Training 2010 preview together, which was to look at the 2010 Nats' Starting Pitching, following looks at twenty-ten Washington Nationals' remaining Position Battles and the make-up of the Bullpen, I came to the conclusion that the only two pitchers "guaranteed" starting spots, barring any unforseen issues, were lefty John Lannan and right-hander Jason Marquis. MLB.com's Bill Ladson added Craig Stammen as a third starter along with Lannan and Marquis in an article on the Nationals' pitching heading into Spring Training entitled, "Nationals put emphasis on pitching", and Mr. Ladson wrote, "If the Nats don't acquire a veteran starter, look for Collin Balester, Matt Chico, Ross Detwiler, J.D. Martin, Garrett Mock, Scott Olsen and Stephen Strasburg to compete for the final two rotation spots." Washington Post writer Chico Harlan predicted a rotation consisting of Marquis, Lannan, Scott Olsen, Stammen and Ross Detwiler Monday in an article entitled, "Your official spring training 25-man roster prediction", provided Olsen can return from shoulder surgery, and Detwiler can pitch his way onto the roster with a strong Spring. MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling came up with the same starters as Mr. Harlan in a post last week entitled, "Pitching staff projections, mine and yours", listing Lannan, Marquis, Olsen, Stammen and Detwiler, while acknowleding that after the first two it's completely dependent upon how each pitcher performs this Spring.
I picked Garrett Mock to emerge from the pack to earn a spot in one set of predictions I was asked to provide recently, though thinking about it since then I've wondered whether or not Mock might thrive working in the bullpen with the likes of Brian Bruney and Matt Capps, but aside from thinking Mock could actually emerge as a starter again, I figured that any preview I wrote would fail to provide any new insight into what we'll have to wait until the end of Spring Training to know, so, instead I thought I'd put it to the collective wisdom of the Federal Baseball.com reader...
Over the next few hours, while we all wait to see who wins the Brian Bruney v Nationals arbitration case, I'll update the Federal Baseball.com official starting rotation predictions based upon the results of the voting below. Assuming it's John Lannan and Jason Marquis atop the rotation, who's going to earn the third spot in your 2010 Nats' Rotation:
Washington Nationals 2010 Opening Day Starting Rotation: 1) John Lannan - LHP 2) Jason Marquis - RHP 3) Craig Stammen - RHP 4) Ross Detwiler - LHP 5) VOTE BELOW For the Nationals' 5th Starter. (ed. note - "Sorry, forgot Olsen last round.")
This poll is closed
Scott Olsen -LHP
Miguel Batista - RHP
J.D. Martin - RHP
Stephen Strasburg - RHP
Collin Balester - RHP
Shairon Martis - RHP
Shawn Estes - LHP