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Jason Marquis looks to build off last start

Jason Marquis will face his former club tonight as he tries to chip away at his ERA. When Marquis had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow on May 14th, he went to the DL with a 20.52 ERA–a combination of only three starts, a few innings pitched and a lot of earned runs–but since his return earlier this month, he’s been steadily lowering that number.


“I’ve been working hard to get back to where I need to be,” Marquis said. “I was sick and tired of embarrassing myself out there.”


And the strategy has been successful. Marquis turned in his best outing in a Nationals uniform last time he was on the mound. In Friday’s game at Philadelphia, he allowed just one run on four hits  in five innings. Despite taking the loss in a 1-0 game, it was his longest outing on the mound this season.


“The results are a lot better than what they have been,” Marquis said. “I lost control of some counts, which I was unhappy about. But you still have to make pitches and get out of jams–and it’s a step in the right direction.”


Marquis did walk four in that game, but when it counted, he allowed Philadelphia to go only 1-6 with runners in scoring position. Remember, Marquis won 23 games during a two-year stint (2007-08) with the Cubs. Only two other guys, namely Ted Lilly and Carlos Zambrano, won more games for the Cubs in the same two-year span. He is also one of just ten Big League pitchers to have a double-digit win total every season since 2004. He is the only guy to do it exclusively in the National League.


In other ERA news, last night Miguel Batista (2.0 innings), Collin Balester (1.0), and Craig Stammen (1.0) combined for four innings of one-hit relief and didn’t allow a single run. Considering last year’s bullpen ranked last in MLB with a 5.04 ERA, this year’s 3.52 ERA thus far seems miniscule. It’s also good enough for eighth in MLB. The improvement of -1.52 points paces the Majors and second place isn’t even close–the Padres claim a -0.96 improvement. In fact, it ranks number five in the greatest bullpen ERA shrinkages since 2000.


Now for those lineups:

Cubs (53-74):

1.    Kosuke Fukudome – RF

2.    Starlin Castro – SS

3.    Marlon Byrd – CF

4.    Aramis Ramirez – 3B

5.    Micah Hoffpauir – 1B

6.    Alfonso Soriano – LF

7.    Blake DeWitt – 2B

8.    Geovany Soto – C

9.    Ryan Dempster – SP (11-8, 3.56 ERA)

*Alfonso Soriano clubbed his 20th home run of the season last night, a three-run shot in the second inning. He has now hit 20 or more long balls in nine consecutive seasons.

 Nationals (53-73):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Roger Bernadina – LF 

6.      Michael Morse – RF

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      Jason Marquis – SP (0-6, 11.39 ERA)

Marquis makes his first start with the Nats and lineups

Jason Marquis Opening Day.JPGIt is both game two of the series and season tonight. Last year, the second game at Nationals Park (April 15 vs. the Phillies) was postponed due to thunderstorms. There won’t be any postponements or problems with the weather today. It is another b-e-a-utiful day in the Nation’s Capital–it might even be a little too warm for April 7. The temperature is in the mid-80’s with scattered clouds and plenty of sun as the players start to warm-up.

Jason Marquis takes the mound for the first time as a member of the Washington Nationals. He made his first start of the 2009 season against the Phillies and will once again try to shut down their formidable lineup. He earned the victory last season, pitching 7.0 innings and surrendering just two runs on five hits. Marquis has traditionally performed well in his first start of the season. He is 3-1 with a 3.88 ERA (46.1 IP/ 20 ER) in eight first starts of the season since 2002. Since 2005, he is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA (29.1 IP/ 10 ER).

The veteran pitcher said he doesn’t plan on doing anything special against the Phillies. He is just going to be Jason Marquis–a sinker ball specialist that lets his defense make plays. He is just going to stick to his game plan, pound the bottom of the strike zone and induce ground ball outs.

Phillies (1-0):

1.      Jimmy Rollins – SS

2.      Placido Polanco – 3B

3.      Chase Utley – 2B

4.      Ryan Howard – 1B

5.      Jayson Werth – RF

6.      Raul Ibanez – LF

7.      Shane Victorino – CF

8.      Carlos Ruis – C

9.      Cole Hamels – SP

*Jimmy Rollins is batting .118 (4-for-34) with five strikeouts against Marquis.

* Hamels is 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA (67.1 IP/ 11 ER) and a .200 (49-for-244) BAA over his last 10 starts against the Nationals (dates to 2007 season). He enters today with a 14.1-inning scoreless streak at Nationals Park

Nationals (0-1):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Mike Morse – RF

8.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

9.      Jason Marquis- SP

*Marquis is the only player in MLB whose club has reached the postseason each of the last 10 seasons.