The Starting Five

It looks fairly clear that Jordan Zimmermann and Shairon Martis will make it out of camp as the 4th and 5th starters, although the order is fairly significant since the 5th starter will begin the season in the minors due to early off-days in the Nats’ schedule. At times they have both looked great this spring, but on almost every other major league team, these guys would both be honing their skills in the minors, at least early in the season. Look at the Rays’ David Price for exhibit A. I just hope people don’t expect too much out of them right away. I predict both will have big up days and big down days. But even if they get roughed up a little this season, that will give them experience and situational practice that will benefit them next year and beyond.

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