has wanted to be “the guy” for the
. He loved getting the ball on Opening Day. He loves competing. And he was crestfallen when he was taken out of the rotation because of ineffectiveness earlier this month.
But he got a reprieve when
Another real test comes this afternoon, when Arrieta goes up against the
It also will kick off a tough homestand – the
Personally for Arrieta, a good showing is key for several reasons. He has struggled this year at
But more than that, Arrieta can’t afford a rough outing right now.
The feeling within the organization is that Arrieta has responded well since he was taken out of the rotation. That he is thinking less and letting his excellent arsenal take over. But he needs to show consistency, and, after a pedestrian line in his last start, it would do his confidence – and the confidence the club has in him – a world of good if he shows he is still on the right track.
The Nats' offense has scored more than four runs just once in the past eight games.