The Washington Nationals will enter 2015 with the games top rotation. This comes after a 2014 season the team led all of Major League Baseball with a 3.03 earned run average. That staff featured Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, Jordan Zimmerman and Tanner Roark.
While it is hard to imagine that staff getting any better in 2015 but that will be reality once the season begins. The Nationals made what many people consider the top off-season acquisition in signing free agent starter Max Scherzer. Scherzer who was the top free agent this off-season sat on the open market for a while field offers before signing with the Nationals.
The former Detroit Tigers ace now will look to build on a solid career in a pitcher friendly National League. Scherzer who was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks has led the American League in wins in each of the past two seasons including 21 in 2013.
Over these last two seasons Scherzer has dominated the American League pitching to a 39-8 record to go with an earned run average just over three. In his career Scherzer has had some success against the National League in 20 career starts with the Tigers. In those 20 starts, Scherzer posted a 10-7 record with a 3.08 earned run average and 155 strikeouts in 119.2 innings.
The biggest question for the team this spring is which of the previous five starters will find themselves outside of the rotation. That could come down to either Jordan Zimmerman or Tanner Roark. Roark would be the first option but that could change if the team could find a trade partner for Zimmerman.
Nonetheless entering 2015, the Washington Nationals starting rotation will be difficult any team that has to face them night in and night out.