Apr 29, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT
Yes, that Jason Marquis.
After going 2-9 with a 6.60 ERA in the first year of his two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals, Marquis has opened 2011 with a bang, turning in five straight quality starts on his way to a 3-0 record. His ERA stands at 2.71.
Tonight’s win was the most impressive of the bench, as he outdueled Tim Lincecum and pitched his fourth career shutout against the defending world champion Giants. He struck out seven and walked none in the crisp 96-pitch outing.
Earlier this month, he fanned nine in six innings against the Mets, his high strikeout total since way back in 2004.
The Nationals still might not be going anywhere this year, but if this keeps up, Marquis is going to be an awfully nice piece of trade bait at the deadline. No, he’s not someone any team will want starting Game 1 of a postseason series, but since it looks like last year’s elbow problems are completely in the past, he’s a nice innings eater.
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