This was an offseason of bold proclamations for the Washington Nationals. It began with them signing Jayson Werth, and it was supposed to bring a top-line starting pitcher to bridge the gap and eventually team with Stephen Strasburg. Instead, Zach Grienke said no, Cliff Lee went to a division rival, Matt Garza went elsewhere and Carl Pavano was deemed too expensive.â†µ
And so, at the end of the day, the Nationals are left with the same rag-tag group of starters as before. It shouldn't be a surprise that this means one thing: get ready for more Livan Hernandez! The ageless Hernandez will likely be the opening-day starter for the Nationals, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.â†µ
If the Nationals don't make significant moves to improve their starting pitching, Livan Hernandez will be their Opening Day starter, MLB.com has learned.â†µ
The Nationals' first regular-season game of the 2011 season will be March 31 against the Braves at Nationals Park.â†µ
Ol' reliable Livan probably wasn't who Mike Rizzo had in mind to be his opening day starter, but such is life. Hernandez joins the illiustrious list of Nationals opening-day starters, a list that includes himself, Odalis Perez, John Patterson and John Lannan. In the meantime, Nationals fans will sit back and wonder when signing quality pitching will ever be a possibility with this team.