(AP Photo. Craig Stammen pretty much locked up the final open spot in the Nationals rotation Tuesday night simply by not being Scott Olsen.)
...Olsen, it isn't.
"Anything that looks like progress is what we're looking for at this point."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nats Insider, 3/23/2010)
Progress? Make that, "anything that LOOKS like progress"? That's all "we're" looking for with less than two weeks to go until Opening Day? God help us.
"I feel like I'm close, if I'm not there already."
(Scott Olsen, via Nationals Journal, 3/23/2010)
The numbers don't lie. Scott Olsen's second-to-last Spring Training audition looks like this: 6 R, 12 H, 1 BB, 2 HR, in 4 1/3 innings.
Split and spin it any way you like, but if this is "there", then you're f*cked, Scott. What's that? It's only Spring Training?
Okay, here's the plan: throw Lannan, Marquis, Mock, Livo, and Stammen up against the wall to start the season, and see what sticks.