We’ve talked about this before, but with the greatness of Jordan Zimmermann this spring, and without any information being released from the Nats themselves, I’m assuming that Shairon Martis and Collin Balester are still auditioning for a starter role. Zimmermann has a job, the only question is whether the Nats want to send him to the minors to keep the arbitration clock from ticking on him. Balester’s spring has been as bad as Martis’ has been good. Both are young, and it wouldn’t be a disaster if either needed more time in the minors. But the way Martis has been throwing, he may be in.
The Washington Post has moved the Stan Kasten chat for today (3/24) from noon to 11 am. Here is the link.
If you didn’t watch the game last night, you really missed out. Even though team USA left one game early, this last game was well worth watching. Jung Keun Bong started for Korea, and Japan had to be at least a little concerned. He had faced them twice in this WBC, and allowed only 1 ER in 11 IP. He was pretty strong in this one as well, working his way into and out of trouble, but only for 4 innings, allowing 1 run. Korea, on the other hand, couldn’t muster so much as a hit against Japan’s starter Iwakuma in the first 3 2/3 innings.