From Stephen Strasburg all the way down to the fifth spot in the pitching rotation and through the bullpen, the Washington Nationals have a ton of great pitching. One thing they are still uncertain on however is who exactly will be catching this wonderfully awesome pitching staff. The two men up for the spot are Kurt Suzuki and Wilson Ramos. Let’s break it down.
Suzuki is certainly more experienced at catching major league pitchers. He produces fairly well during the time where his offensive skills are on display. Defensively he has never had a fielding percentage below about .995. What is the problem then and why don’t they just hand him the job? Because Ramos might be better and is certainly as good.
Offensively speaking, Ramos has more potential for homers and RBI. Defensively he is actually looking to be as good if not better than Suzuki. The only thing that might go against him is that he went down with a knee problem last season. He isn’t having anything held back for the Spring season but any time you see a catcher with a knee problem, you wonder if it will be a one time thing or if he will be plagued by it for a while to come.
With any luck the injury recovery won’t have anything to do with the decision of who is to start opening day. For that matter, there is no guarantee at this point that the one chosen to start opening day will start most of the games. With manager Davey Johnson, you never know what he’ll do until he does it. Even if he platoons them out within the same game, Johnson would have a hard time doing anything wrong. He has two world class potentially great catchers. He’ll find a way to use them both.