"I loved hearing him say how he just started wanting to pitch and not throw and focus on command"
Yep, he gets it.He said early in an interview in spring training that he's taking a much different approach to starting from what he did coming out of the pen.He said he won't be afraid to let them put the bat on the ball and he doesn't have to try to strike every hitter out and just blow it by them , and he has to get ahead in counts quickly so he can keep his pitch counts down to stay in games longer.And he's pretty much done that all spring, even the one start he got hit around in ST he was throwing strikes, probably too many.
I'm excited to see him pitch, today!!
If he pitched like Dempster did opening day, yes I could bring up the wind , having the effect like it did in Dempsters start holding in atleast 3 bombs.But the wind didn't hold anything in in Sharks start because he wasn't hammered like Dempster was aside from the one mistake he made the last inning.
And the Nats are picked to be playoff contenders by some of the experts
For BP usage, I just like a guy that can throw strikes right out of the gate in pressure situations. Coleman can do that. He has shown to be pretty effective 1-2 times through a order in the bigs. However, that third time through he usually isn't fooling anybody. This is why I see him as being more effective out of the pen. (Marshall is far from being a power pitcher and he is very successful out of the pen.)
I personally like a starter to have 3 good pitches they have command of, while having the ability to drastically change speeds to keep hitters guessing.