Nick Horvath: a well-kept secret in the Capitals

Nick Horvath: a well-kept secret in the Capitals


If the Capitales de Québec are currently going through an unfortunate three-game losing streak, the team remains in first place in the Frontier League baseball standings and owes part of its success to the relievers.

“I did not expect such performances in relief at the start of the season and it is a big part of the team's success,” agreed manager Patrick Scalabrini, whose season will continue on Tuesday in New Jersey. , for the start of a three-game series against the Jackals.

The Capitals (45-21) are obviously counting on star reliever Samuel Adames, who has an ERA of 1.44 and which has 12 rescues. However, left-handed gunner Nick Horvath is another who is doing a great job this season for the Quebec club.

Still on Sunday, despite a 5-4 overtime loss for the Capitals against the Wild Things in Washington, Horvath gave up only two small walks in two and a third innings to the opponent. He mostly made five strikeouts.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who had also been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2018, has thus lowered his average to 1.32 with the Capitals since the start of the season. In 34 innings pitched, he gave up just five earned runs, in addition to totaling 50 strikeouts.

“Horvath is as dominant as Adames, he's our one- two punch, described Scalabrini. It is a luxury for us to have such a combination with a left-handed pitcher and a right-handed pitcher. It's not easy for the hitters.”

Scary, but effective

To add to the picture, the Capitals manager also praised Ian Codina , by the way, without forgetting Frankie Moscatiello.

“In the case of Frankie, it is more frightening than the others, estimated Scalabrini while laughing. He strikes out, but he also walks.”

Despite everything, Moscatiello's earned run average remains at 2.28. Having sometimes benefited from the support of the attack, he also has a record of 5-2.

After the series of three games against the Jackals (31-34), the Capitals will be back in home, from Friday to Sunday, to welcome the Aigles de Trois-Rivières (36-30).