Sometimes, you just have to let Barry Svrluga do the talking (The Post):
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 5 — Before the Grapefruit League schedule began, the candidates for the Washington Nationals’ starting rotation were dissected and analyzed, picked apart and, in some cases, laughed at. With 36 healthy pitchers in camp, there were stories to tell, hopes to rekindle, careers to prolong.
Monday afternoon, however, the ugly side of this audition appeared, and there’s no telling how it will affect the regular season version of the Nationals. But this much is fact: Jerome Williams, who is right in the thick of the competition to be the Nationals’ second starter, lasted 1 1/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves, allowing six runs. Tim Redding, another man in that competition, came on in the middle of the fourth with the bases loaded and recorded as many walks as outs (two).
Emphasis added. The final was 14-5 in favor of the Braves.
From The Post’s Nationals Notebook:
- D’Angelo Jimenez may be fielding his way out of a spot in the infield. He has four errors already.
- Robert Fick played first base for the entire game, hit a three run homer and got into it with Braves pitcher Marty Gonzales after a brushback pitch.
- C Brian Schneider is due back today after staying with his wife as he waited for her to leave the hospital following the birth of their little girl.
- Travis Lee and b both homered in the “B” game.
- Josh Hall pitched three shutout innings.
USA Today has its Nationals spring training feature today and focuses on the Accelerated Development Program.
Channel 4 has an update on ballpark construction. I drove past on Sunday and was pleased to see that a lot had been done in the last couple of weeks.