Think Danny Rosenbaum is almost ready for a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse?
The 24-year-old lefty threw seven shutout innings for Double-A Harrisburg yesterday, allowing six hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Rosenbaum lowered his season ERA to 0.76 and now has gone his last three starts, spanning 23 innings, without allowing a run. In that time, he’s given up just 13 hits with two walks and 16 strikeouts.
Yeah, Triple-A might be calling shortly.
For those who have asked, I can’t imagine Nationals manager Davey Johnson skipping anyone in his rotation due to yesterday’s off day, which would mean that Stephen Strasburg would start the series opener against the Phillies on Friday.
I’ve been wrong before, but no one in this rotation is deserving of getting a turn skipped, and Johnson didn’t adjust his rotation due to a rainout and an off-day prior to last week’s road trip.
Before the Phillies make their way to D.C., however, the Nats welcome the defending National League West champion Diamondbacks into town tonight to kick off a three-game set.
Arizona has started this season 12-11 thanks to some fairly strong starting pitching. Ironically, while Nationals starters have recorded far and away the best ERA in the majors, they only have eight wins to show for it, while the Diamondbacks’ rotation has posted 10 wins despite an ERA more than twice as high as Washington’s (3.84 to 1.78).
The Nats will face former Oakland A’s righty Trevor Cahill tonight, while Jordan Zimmermann will take to the mound for Washington.
The only Nationals hitter to have faced Cahill in his career is Adam LaRoche, who not surprisingly is 2-for-3 with two doubles off the 24-year-old right-hander.
Is there anyone LaRoche doesn’t hit well?
Zimmermann, meanwhile, has fared well against the majority of Arizona’s lineup in his young career. He’s held Chris Young - who currently leads the Diamondbacks in batting average (.410), home runs (five) and RBIs (13) - to an 0-for-5 line, with one walk and one strikeout.
Oh, and how did Bryce Harper spend the first off-day of his major league career? He went out to the Mall in front of the Washington Monument and hopped in on a slow-pitch softball game.
Video of Harper taking some cuts is here, and it’s quite enjoyable (tip of the cap to Nationals Enquirer).