by Martin Spano / NationalsProspects.com
Jason Marquis has expressed interest in playing for the Washington Nationals. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, “Marquis indicated that he can teach the young kids what he learned from veterans like Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Chris Carpenter and Matt Morris.”
This is a breath of fresh air for any Nationals fan. It’s nice to see that someone wants to play for a team that has two straight one hundred loss seasons. If Marquis can bring the knowledge of Glavine, Maddux, Carpenter, and Morris to the table, I don’t see why the Nationals shouldn’t sign him even at his potential high cost. He wants to play in D.C and wants to help their youth. What more can the Nats ask for when you’re in their situation? Seeing as the Nationals organization has flooded itself with great pitching prospects, Marquis may be exactly what they need. He could also be the key to keep them under one hundred losses this season.
Marquis had a great year last year, starting 33 games for the Colorado Rockies, going 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He struck out 115 and walked 80. Pitching at home in Coors Field, that has thin air and large exposed gaps, he sported an impressive 3.92 ERA and a very respectable 1.44 WHIP. Pitching away from home he had a 4.16 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.
Since Marquis became a full time starter in 2004 he has started at least 32 games every season except for 2008 in which he started 28 games. He has pitched one game in his career at Nationals Park, earning a win by throwing 6.0 innings, allowing 9 hits, 1 base on balls, 3 earned runs, and struck out 1.
Click here to read Bill Lason’s full article, on MLB.com, about Jason Marquis’s interest in the Nationals.