Finally. Three of the Nats’ four full-season affiliates begin play today, with Syracuse visiting Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg hosting Bowie, and Hagerstown visiting Delmarva. Provided the rains aren’t too heavy, Potomac hosts Lynchburg tomorrow night.
|Team||Today’s Game||Pitching Matchup (’12 Stats at Level)|
|Syracuse||@ Lehigh Valley,
|Ross Ohlendorf (5-4, 4.52) vs.
Tyler Cloyd (12-1, 2.35)
|Brian Broderick (2-0, 3.99) vs.
Mike Wright (5-3, 4.91)
|Dixon Anderson (1-1, 2.79) vs.
Parker Bridwell (0-3, 7.06)
Because it’s a common misnomer, I’ll trot out the annual reminder that these are not the team’s #1 starters, but rather, how the organization wants to align pitchers for future promotions and assignments.
For those wondering about the rotations, here’s what I have found, been told, or am predicting for the next four games:
A couple of small surprises… Demny back in the Sens rotation after finishing 2012 in the ‘pen… Pena, a 16th rounder last June who made just two appearances in Auburn and threw only 12⅓ innings total, assigned to the Suns.
Potomac has only announced its first three starters, Turnbull is the best guess based on age and prior usage for the one of the remaining two spots. As mentioned in the P-Nats roster reveal last week, Taylor Hill and Matt Grace are the other two likely candidates.
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