The biggest question the Nationals needed to answer in Spring Training this year (not counting the pitching rotation, which I don't think can be solved) is who would be playing left field? Earlier in the Spring it appeared that they would use a rotation of Roger Bernadina and Michael Morse, with newly signed Rick Ankiel getting at-bats here and there.â†µ
But the performance of Michael Morse so far this Spring is going to make it very hard for Jim Riggleman not to make him the every day left fielder, according to Adam Kilgore.â†µ
"Mike's winning the job," Riggleman said. "We want somebody to take over those positions. Mike is making a statement that, 'I'm the guy.' We welcome that. We're not looking to platoon. I'm just reacted to what I see. He's just played so well."â†µ
Morse is hitting just about .500 this spring with a handful of home runs. It seems that he has the left field spot sewn up, at least for now. The result, according to Kilgore, is that Bernadina and Ankiel are now going to be competing with Nyjer Morgan for the center field spot. If the deciding factor is a "take a bad route to a fly ball" competition, my money is on Nyjer.