Ross (1-0) earned the win Wednesday against the Cardinals after giving up four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over six scoreless innings.
The 27-year-old pounded the zone all afternoon, delivering 63 of 89 pitches for strikes while also throwing a first-pitch strike to 16 of 22 batters faced. Ross is off to an impressive start in 2021 with six hits allowed and a 9:3 K:BB through 11 scoreless innings, and he lines up to face the Cardinals for his second straight outing Monday.
Ross allowed two hits and two walks over five scoreless innings in Friday's loss to the Dodgers. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision.
Making his first start since the 2019 World Series, Ross looked terrific against a tough Dodgers squad. He tossed 40 of 67 pitches for strikes and never let a runner past second base. Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, the Nats' offense couldn't figure out Walker Buehler in what became a pitchers' duel. Ross will face the Cardinals in St. Louis on Wednesday.
Ross will pitch in a simulated game Wednesday, lining him up to serve as the Nationals' fourth starter this season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
As the Nationals' fourth starter, Ross would face some difficult assignments to start the year, as he'd line up to pitch against Atlanta on Monday before heading to Los Angeles over the weekend to take on the Dodgers. That makes him unappealing as an early streamer, and he's unappealing over a larger time frame in all but the deepest formats, as he hasn't produced an ERA south of 5.00 since 2016.
Ross was acknowledged as a member of the Nationals' rotation by manager Dave Martinez on Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
"So Corbin will pitch; Joe [Ross] will be back out there in the rotation," Martinez said Sunday when discussing the team's pitching plans for the final week of spring training. "And then Lester will pitch again. Then we'll get Stephen [Strasburg] out there again. We'll try to have more about how we will line this up in the next day or so, because it has been confusing. We're just trying to get guys working. With [Strasburg's] calf strain, with Jonny Lester, we're trying to make sure those guys are healthy." Ross could end up slotting in between lefties Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester rather than simply starting the fifth game of the season, but the Nats' full rotation plans after Opening Day starter Max Scherzer should become clearer this week.
Ross threw 73 pitches over five innings in a simulated game Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The right-hander faced off against Erick Fedde, his main competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. and Ross was a little more efficient with his workload. Both pitchers could begin the year in the rotation if either Stephen Strasburg (calf) or Jon Lester (neck) isn't ready for Opening Day, but if only one spot is available, it appears to be Ross' job to lose at this point in the spring. Through five Grapefruit League innings, Ross has a solid 1.80 ERA and 6:2 K:BB.
Ross touched 95 mph with his fastball while throwing 59 pitches over 3.1 innings during Saturday's Grapefruit League outing against the Mets, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
The right-hander also impressively fanned Francisco Lindor twice on sliders. Ross averaged 94.1 mph with his heater in 2019 before opting out of last season, so seeing his velocity creep back towards its normal level is encouraging considering his long layoff. He remains on track to open the season in the Nats' rotation, although the health of Jon Lester (neck) will determine whether Ross is filling the No. 4 or No. 5 spot initially.
Ross struck out three batters in 1.2 innings during Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Seeing his first game action of the spring after a few live batting practice sessions, Ross fanned Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith while throwing 39 pitches. The right-hander opted out of 2020 and only tossed 104 innings in 2019 as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, so there are major question marks surrounding his ability to handle a regular turn in the rotation. That said, the Nats are still expecting him to claim the No. 5 starter role to begin the season. "Similar to riding a bike," Ross said after Monday's outing. "I feel like the extended time off, there's an initial soreness in the offseason. Every pitcher goes through it when you start playing catch again. I went through that in the initial week or two, but it wears off and you kind of get back into throwing shape; the mechanics and the timing come back to you. I feel good right now and pretty fresh."
Ross is expected to be a part of the Nationals' rotation in 2021, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The 27-year-old righty has been primarily a starter in his big-league career, though he started just nine games while appearing out of the bullpen in 18 more during his most recent campaign. That came back in 2019, as he opted out of last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A rotation role gives Ross a path to fantasy relevance, though he hasn't posted an ERA below 5.00 since 2016 and has a long history of injury problems, so that relevance may be limited to deeper formats.
Ross agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Nationals, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
He opted out of the 2020 season, so his arm should be as fresh as ever when he reports to spring training. Ross is a bit of a forgotten man, but he should enter camp as a favorite to break camp in the rotation.
Ross is expected to opt out of joining the Nationals for the 2020 season, sources tell Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic.
Ross is the second known player who is expected to forgo playing in 2020 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic after Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake announced his intentions earlier Monday. As a result, Ross will forgo his $1.5 million salary for 2020 before heading into his final year of salary arbitration in 2021. Ross had been a leading candidate for the fifth spot in the Nationals' rotation, but his decision to sit out the season could lead to more starting opportunities for Austin Voth and Erick Fedde.
Ross remains in the mix to win the No. 5 starter role when the regular season finally begins.
The right-hander was considered the favorite coming into camp due to having more big-league experience, and Ross didn't hurt his chances by posting a 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through 7.1 innings before MLB was put on pause. His 3:4 K:BB was a little shaky, although three of the walks came in one outing, and his main competition also pitched well -- Austin Voth put together a 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 6:1 K:BB through seven innings, and Erick Fedde had a 2.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB in 7.1 frames. If the regular-season schedule ends up featuring fewer off days and more doubleheaders, however, all three pitchers could end up seeing significant workloads for the Nats, either in the rotation or in long relief.
Ross gave up two runs on three hits and three walks over 2.1 innings while striking out one in Saturday's split-squad game against the Marlins.
The right-hander walked Jesus Aguilar and Isan Diaz on eight straight balls in the first inning but was able to escape the jam. Ross then walked Jonathan Villar to kick off the third and start a two-run Marlins rally that chased him from the game after 57 pitches (37 strikes). Ross was touching the mid-90s with his fastball in the outing, per Jessica Camerato of MLB.com, and felt he was able to make a mechanical adjustment after the first frame. The 26-year-old has a solid 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through 7.1 spring innings, but his 3:4 K:BB is a little worrisome. With Austin Voth (1.29 ERA, 6:1 K:BB through seven IP) and Erick Fedde (4.50 ERA, 4:2 K:BB through four IP) also delivering solid performances so far, the battle for the No. 5 spot in the Nats' rotation remains undecided.
Ross has had a strong start to spring training, posting a 0.00 ERA and allowing only two baserunners in five innings over his first two outings.
The right-hander's 2:1 K:BB so far isn't dominant, but Ross is looking good and getting stretched out. As long as he doesn't have any major stumbles in camp, the 26-year-old should begin the regular season as the Nats' No. 5 starter, although neither Austin Voth nor Erick Fedde have pitched themselves out of the competition for the job yet.
Ross had his first game action of the spring rained out Saturday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander was expected to follow Max Scherzer on the mound against the Astros, but the game was called after only two innings. Ross is competing for the No. 5 starter role with the Nats, but he hasn't thrown more than 73.2 innings or posted a big-league ERA below 5.00 since 2016, so he has a lot to prove this spring -- both to the coaching staff, and to fantasy GMs.
Ross agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
This was his second of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. Ross will enter camp as the slight favorite to beat out Austin Voth for the fifth starter's spot.
Ross will start Game 5 of the World Series against the Astros on Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Max Scherzer was set up to start Sunday since taking the mound in Game 1, but a flareup of back and neck spasms will prevent him from starting the game. Ross had a 5.48 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 64 innings for the Nationals this season, but he looked much better after rejoining the starting rotation in August with a 2.75 ERA across his last eight starts.
Ross is on the roster for the World Series against the Astros.
The 26-year-old was excluded from the roster for the Nationals' previous postseason series, but will now be available as a middle reliever out of the bullpen as Austin Voth and Roenis Elias were left off the roster. Ross recorded a career-worst 5.48 ERA and 1.67 WHIP during the regular season.
Ross (4-4) gave up just one run on four hits and two walks as he struck out eight hitters en route to earning his fourth win of the season as the Nationals beat the Indians on Sunday.
Sunday was one of Ross's best outings of the season as it was just his third quality start since earning his first start of the season in late July. The right-hander lowered his ERA to a 5.48 and should be expected to resort back to the bullpen as the Nationals figure to ride with a rotation of Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, Stephen Strasburg and Anibal Sanchez in the playoffs should they beat the Brewers in the wild card game Tuesday night in D.C.
Ross pitched four innings and did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four.
Ross was making his first start in three weeks, as he's been out with forearm soreness. The 26-year-old was not expected to pitch deep into the game, and loaded the bases in the first inning on a walk and two singles. However, Philadelphia only scored one run on a Jean Segura single and Ross steadied and threw three shutout frames before departing after 64 pitches. Ross has posted a 5.90 ERA and 1.74 WHIP with a 49:31 K:BB and is not scheduled for another start during the regular season.
Ross (forearm) will start the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
The outing will be Ross' first in three weeks, as he's been out with forearm soreness for most of the month. That may mean he's not able to pitch deep into the contest, but Erick Fedde and Jeremy Hellickson will be available to provide length out of the bullpen if necessary.
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|2012||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||27.1||6||6||0||0||2||0||27||11||33||6.31||1.624|
|2013||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||122.1||23||23||0||5||8||0||79||40||124||3.76||1.343|
|2014||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||101.2||19||19||0||8||6||0||87||28||101||4.00||1.275|
|2014||AA-San Antonio Missions||20.0||4||3||0||2||0||0||19||1||23||3.60||1.200|