All off-season one thing has been repeated over and over again about the Washington Nationals. They have the best starting pitching rotation in Major League Baseball. Well, that sounds great except for most of them didn’t show up at all during spring training. Gio Gonzalez went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA but everyone else stunk up the joint. Does that mean they do not have the best rotation?
Answer: It could. Most likely the Nationals will have a very strong rotation. To be sure though, the other four besides Gonzalez seem to be distracted quite a bit. Stephen Strasburg, Dan Haren, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler combined to go 2-9 with a 5.03 ERA. That isn’t necessarily terrible but it certainly is not fitting of the best rotation in the major leagues. It is possible, however unlikely that all four of these guys focused on everything but winning and playing good.
If that is true these four will definitely show up and turn things around in a big way during the regular season. It is possible though that the Nationals might have work to do in order to be the best starting five. The Los Angeles Dodgers look very strong, the Cincinnati Reds aren’t bad and the Atlanta Braves could have a strong five starters as well. They might very well end up the greatest starting five of the past decade, but something tells me the Nationals might have a little scratching and clawing to do in order to get there.