If you follow any of this, Josh started off this season (April and May) with a 1.60 ERA and at least a strikeout per inning pitched. I posted about this and about 2 weeks before the Nats made a couple bullpen moves, the wheels fell off the cart to Josh. His June was a statistical disaster... finishing up with a three or four run 1/3 of an inning stint on June 25th.
Well, I fear saying anything, but the ship was righted since 6/28 as he has thrown about 12.2 innings, if I remember correctly giving up 6 hits and 3 walks. Over this span, he is running an ERA of 0.00. His season ERA has dropped back down to 2.80. His strikeout ratio is still near one per inning, but his walks are really down. his WHIP is below 1. That's nine really good outings, the last two were 2 inning stints where he gave up a total of two hits.
I am wondering, with the troubles with middle relief on the Nats, do you think he will get the call? As a warning, I haven't seen anything but the stats, but even a couple of holds for the Nats would be big....
On other fronts, Bobby Lucas has a 0.68 ERA in about 7 appearances. He is striking out 1.25 batters per inning and may survive his rookie league experience to throw another year.
Eric Cantrell is back pitching at Burlington in the App Rookie League. The batters that face him seem to either strikeout or get hits.