If Washington Nationals Need a Spot Start, Taylor Jordan Should Be The Guy

By Nick Comando
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As the Washington Nationals get ready to duel the Arizona Diamondbacks, there is a rotation question.

That question involves Washington’s starter Friday or Saturday. Dan Haren was placed on the Disabled List with shoulder stiffness, and the team will need a starter to take his place either one of those days. There are three names that have been thrown around for that start: Ross OhlendorfNathan Karns, and Taylor Jordan.

Ohlendorf, since coming up to the big club from Syracuse, has been simply stellar, going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA, allowing six hits and two earned runs in 10.2 innings. Ohlendorf’s long, loopy windup could be the key to his success, or it could be the fact that he is 100% healthy and has some velocity back on his fastball. Davey Johnson, however, loves to have a right handed long man and left handed long man, which is the spot Ohlendorf is taking from Craig Stammen, so Ohlendorf taking the ball that day is unlikely because of his bullpen value.

Karns has shown he is willing to challenge opposing hitters with his fastball. The only problem with that is Karns has allowed five home runs  at the Major League level and sits at 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in his three Major League starts. At this point he has probably shown all of his wares and definitely needs more seasoning.

Washington needs to give Taylor Jordan a chance, hands down. Jordan has at least earned a spot start, and could be in Triple-A soon as well. Across his Minor League season in 2013, Jordan is 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA, allowing 68 hits in 90.1 innings pitched, striking out 72 and walking 15. Those are what some call “video game numbers”, and he certainly deserves a look at the Major League Level. Jordan is only 24 years old, and this seems to be his coming out year, as before 2013, Jordan’s lowest ERA was 2.48 for Hagerstown in 2011.

For just one start, Jordan could be exactly what Washington needs, a lightning in a bottle type of start they can build off of. Who knows, perhaps Jordan could push Haren out of the rotation.

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