Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. With over a week of Spring Training officially in the books for the Nationals, there’s a lot to talk about out of the team’s camp.
In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson sits down with Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg for a Q & A to discuss the right-hander’s goals for the 2015 season. Of course, Strasburg is one of several aces the team has in its other-worldly rotation this year, and there will be a lot of pressure on him to succeed this season.
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While it’s uncertain if Strasburg will get the ball on Opening Day, he’ll definitely play a major role with the team this season and if he succeeds as he did last season, he could help lead the team to another NL East title in 2015.
Also in today’s Daily, Ladson discusses Nationals first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore. As Ladson writes, there will be a lot of pressure on Moore to make the Opening Day roster this spring as he is out of minor league options.
With the oft-injured Ryan Zimmerman officially taking over at first base, there will be plenty of opportunities for Moore to make the big league club and if he does, he’ll probably see a decent amount of playing time. The Nationals need someone who can step in and play first base while being a decent force in the lineup, and if Moore can finally bring it all together this season, he may very well be that guy.
As always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Nationals Spring Training needs. For now, start off your day with these great Nationals articles from around the web:
Strasburg talks winning formula, 2015 goals in Q&A
VIERA, Fla. — Last year was the first time Stephen Strasburg didn’t have to worry about injuries or an innings limit. He took advantage of the situation, winning 14 games and tying for the National League lead with 242 strikeouts in 215 innings.
MLB.com caught up with Strasburg to talk about his career with the Nationals and the team’s chances in the postseason.
MLB.com: Knowing how good the Nationals are, how far can this team go this year?
Strasburg: Obviously, we have been in a situation in years past where we have looked good on paper and haven’t able to get things done. I don’t think we should take anything lightly. Everybody goes into the season with the same record to start. It’s all about grinding it out, winning as many games as you can to be in good position to win in the playoffs. Read full article here.
Out of options, Moore looks to secure roster spot
VIERA, Fla. — Nationals first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore is out of Minor League options, so this spring could be his last chance to show the team that he belongs on the Major League roster as a bench player.
If Moore doesn’t make the team out of Spring Training, the Nationals could designate him for assignment, which means they would have 10 days to trade Moore, outright him to the Minor Leagues or release him.
Moore, 28, has decided to keep a positive attitude about his situation. Read full article here.