District Daily: Which Nationals Starter Is The Best?


Oct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher

Gio Gonzalez

throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning during game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning DoD readers, start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily:

Which Nats Starter Is The Best?: Gio Gonzalez

(Zach Spedden, The Nats Blog)

On Monday, Will made the case for Max Scherzer as the Nationals’ best starter, followed by Joe’s argument for Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday and Andrew’s claim for Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday. Now comes the moment readers of The Nats Blog have anxiously anticipated: the minor league guy is making a case for Gio Gonzalez.

Logically, Gonzalez is not better than Scherzer, Strasburg, or Zimmermann, and might not even stack up favorably to Doug Fister, whom Erin Flynn will discuss tomorrow. A typical season for Gonzalez features good strikeout numbers, but also a high walk rate and an ERA somewhere in the mid threes with an FIP that’s not too far off that mark. Those are good numbers, but unlikely to make him the Cy Young Award contender that Scherzer, Zimmermann, and/or Strasburg seem destined to be this year. Read full article here.

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Washington Nationals 2015 roster preview: Kevin Frandsen

(Chase Hughes, CSN Washington)

Age on Opening Day 2015: 32

How acquired: Signed as a free agent, March 2014

2015 salary: $1 million

2014 stats: 105 G, 236 PA, 17 R, 57 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, 6 BB, 26 SO, .259 AVG, .299 OBP, .309 SLG, .608 OPS, 2 E,  -0.4 WAR

2015 storyline: Kevin Frandsen returns to the Nationals in 2015 as their super utility man, a gritty player who can fill in to play a variety of positions. Third base, second base, first base, left field: you name it and Frandsen is willing to go in there and give it a try. He is even considered their emergency catcher. Read full article here.

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