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March 24, 2009

Nationals: Who is this guy?

Washington Nationals starter Shairon Martis just completed his sixth shutout inning at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Martis made a little baseball history by pitching a seven-inning no-hitter for the Netherlands against Panama in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, but skipped the event to vie for a spot in the Nationals rotation this spring.

Looks like that's working out for him. He looks like he's finished for the day after giving up just three hits.

Meanwhile, Orioles rotation candidate Alfredo Simon has pitched two innings so far and given up a run on two hits.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:31 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Just baseball


Martis is making a strong case at dethroning Ponson's stranglehold on the Best Dutch Hurler Race.

Simon had one good outing last year, not a bad choice if they are choosing from what they have in the system for a starter, but really this is tough. Whoever whens the 3, 4 and 5 spots will not have much job security. I just wish the team understood the value of having someone like Pedro come in. You cannot teach what Pedro has in guts and determination, the young pitchers can learn a little by watching him though.

Unless the O's find Hans Brinker to plug the starter pitching dyke the field is going to get flooded with runs.

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