30 in 30: A Chiefs Countdown to Opening Day – Day 5

We’re counting down until Opening Day with a new post on our Inside the Chiefs blog every day until Syracuse’s opener on April 3rd. Here’s what’s on tap today…

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A shorter blog for the weekend leads us to a quick update from Nationals’ spring training…

  • Possible Washington 5th starter/Syracuse 1st starter Taylor Jordan continued a strong spring this afternoon, striking out six in three innings of three-hit ball. Per The Washington Post‘s James Wagner, Jordan feels he’s improved his changeup and slider. Terrifying news for opposing hitters: Jordan is 25 and, until last year, hadn’t pitched above Low-A Hagerstown. The Chiefs may only have him because of a numbers game with Washington’s rotation – and what a get that would be.
  • Former Chief Yunesky Maya, currently with the Braves, tossed against Washington in spring training today. The results? Home runs from Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche. Yikes.
  • More from James Wagner: Danny Espinosa, who spent most of last year with the Chiefs, is trying to relax at the plate.
  • Another 2013 Chief, starting pitcher Tanner Roark, chatted with Federal Baseball about his solid spring to date…

The big questions right now for Washington: who gets the rotation’s fifth spot? (Likely Ross Detwiler, with Roark, Jordan and Ross Ohlendorf in contention.) And who fills out the bullpen? Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen, Craig Stammen and Jerry Blevins are the likely first five. After that? Roark, Jordan, Ohlendorf, Ryan Mattheus, Christian Garcia, Luis Ayala, Josh Roenicke, Mike Gonzalez, Xavier Cedeno, Clay Hensley and Manny Delcarmen may all have a shot…which means the Chiefs are likely to send one heck of a bullpen out on Opening Day.

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Have something you want to see or talk about on the blog? Hit us up on Twitter @ChiefsRadio – or shoot me a message at kbrown@syracusechiefs.com.

Kevin Brown

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