Blake Treinen Recalled to Make Start; Mattheus Optioned
Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manger, announced last night that Blake Treinen would be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and reliever Ryan Mattheus will be optioned back down to Syracuse. Treinen will be called up to make the May 6 start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Treinen will make his first career start in the Majors even though he has been used in the bullpen a few times this year and right now is posting a 1.35 ERA over 6.2 innings of relief for the Nationals.
In the minors this season over 4 starts he is holding a steady ERA of 1.59 and a batting average against of .195 but that was over just a short 11 1/3 innings. Last year in between Double-A and Triple-A he went 6-7 with an ERA of 3.47 and has always posted an ERA below 4.00 in his career no matter what level he was playing at. He will need to post that sort of ERA today as he is expected to be matched up against the returning CY Young winner, Clayton Kershaw.
Blake Treinen is rated as the 17th best prospect in the Washington organization, according to MLB.com. The 6’ 5’’ right hander will look to utilize his power sinker, which can go up to 97mph, to induce ground ball outs and try to keep this hot Dodger offense paralyzed for the second night in a row.