It’s no secret that the Nats could use some help bolsteringthe back of their rotation. While Taylor Jordan has exceeded expectations (assuming you set fairly low expectations for him) and Ross Detwiler’s injury theoretically shouldn’t be season-threatening, the Nats have gone 13-24 when pitchers other than Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann have started. That’s nowhere near good enough for the team to make the playoffs.
I don’t trust Detwiler’s oblique, Jordan’s ability to keep pitching this well (or his mechanics, or his probable innings cap) or Dan Haren at anything pitching-related. I believe the Nats need to trade for another starting pitcher (for additional thoughts on the matter, read Kolko’s piece from this morning). The Nationals Review put together a nice list of trade possibilities on June 24, but I feel that they missed one key name who hit the market today: Phil Hughes.Read More