Jason Marquis has proven in the past that he's a heck of a pitcher. His numbers at Colorado confirm that.
Mike Rizzo is a very smart man, and very few can evaluate talent as the Nationals GM can. He paid a lot of green to get Marquis to sign on the dotted line, and no way is Mike, or anyone else for that matter, giving up on the veteran right-hander.
No one is more disappointed in his performance than Marquis himself - especially after that performance Sunday when he failed to retire even one Brewers batter and the ballclub found themselves behind 10-0 after one half inning of play.
So the question now is how will Marquis fare in his next start? What angle will he take on bouncing back from his worst outing as a big leaguer?
Jason knows what he has to do - bear down and throw strikes. He is a no nonsense guy with tremendous concentration. I'm thinking, and perhaps you are as well, that there's no need to put pressure on himself just because he was expected to lead the Nationals mound staff along with John Lannan. It's gonna come.
Of course, the sooner the better would be nice - like beginning with his next start.
Look what Craig Stammen did Monday night against Colorado. He tossed his best game since he went the distance last year at Houston. And Stammen bounced right back after his shortest start in the big leagues. If Craig can do it, Jason can do it too.