Scott Olsen may have earned rotation spot

MLB: Nationals vs Astros MAR 13Scott Olsen has finally began to show the form that made him a key cog of the Marlins rotation from 2006-2008. In his last two outings he’s gone 10.1 innings and has allowed just 2 earned runs on 12 hits with 11 strike outs and a walk.

Olsen looked utterly confused three outings ago against Detroit and looked like he was facing a release.

Olsen’s performance today against a lineup of Red Sox regulars (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 1 BB) was a much needed for the left handers chances of staying with the Nats.

But was it enough for him to crack the rotation?

The way Olsen has turned things around may be bad news for Garret Mock who had originally been named to the rotation by manager Jim Riggleman.

Mock may be better used in a reliever role then that of a starter and considering he’s allowed 8 earned runs over his last 9.2 innings the reality is he’s giving the Nationals plenty of reasons to pull him out of the rotation.

An official decision from the Nationals is expected over the weekend.