In his most recent start Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jordan was by far the best he’s been despite giving up five runs, four of them earned. He was efficient in his work and provided quick innings.
Jordan lasted 7.2 innings, the longest of his five starts, and struck out four. What was more impressive was his ability to get batters out by means other than strikes. Jordan utilized the strike zone to his favor and forced an impressive 14 ground-ball outs and four fly-ball outs.
Unfortunately, Jordan’s outing didn’t end the way many had hoped as the final two batters that he faced ended in a solo-home run and a single. After that, manager Davey Johnson gave him the hook. Jordan shouldn’t let that get him down. He pitched a solid outing that would make any manager proud.
Following last nights 5-1 loss to the Pirates, Jordan now has a record of 0-3 with a 3.68 ERA. He has a WHIP (walks/hits per innings pitched) of 1.36 to go along with 14 strikeouts. While his strikeout numbers may not be “ace” material like Gio Gonzalez or Stephen Strasburg, Jordan has gotten at least 10 ground-ball outs in each of his five starts.
Unfortunately for the Nationals, Jordan is on an innings limit this season since he is returning from Tommy Johns Surgery and won’t be available for much longer. If it weren’t for the limit, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stick Jordan in the rotation in place of Ross Detwiler or Dan Haren.
Either way, Jordan has earned himself at least a spring-training invite for next season. Since he has proven that his performance is no fluke, the Nationals would be wise to give him some serious consideration for the starting rotation next season. Having the top four starters going Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gonzalez and Jordan, he would help return them to the pitching power that they were in 2012.
The farm system of the Nationals has once again paid off. You can add Tyler Jordan’s name to the list that includes Jordan Zimmermann and Anthony Rendon as Minor League players that have blossomed into quality Major League ball players.