Starting pitching – for the Nats it has always been something people have scoffed at. Some around here thought this year might be different, but the first week of the season seemed to prove it was more of the same. Last night, and this past week, however, things have started to look up. Let’s start with last night. A 3 run Braves first made it look bad early, but Martis recovered and ended up pitching 6 full without giving up another run. After the Nats took the lead in the 6th, the bullpen looked good again, and the save by Hanrahan was a work of art. I won’t call it a thing of beauty, because it was not that.