Well, Stephen Strasburg sure can pitch.
Well, Strasburg has sure been impressive in his first seven innings. He did surrender a 2-run home run to Delwyn Young, but he also struck out 14 (count ’em, fourteen!) over 7 IP, including striking out the side in his last inning of work. He had 4 H allowed–none over his last three innings of work–and no walks.
Forgive me if I don’t envy the kid. When he pitches Tuesday evening in front of a rare home sellout crowd, it will be the most scrutinized debut in the sport’s history, given the intensity and magnitude of media in the 21st century. There have been ballyhooed breakout parties for pitching phenoms, from Mark Prior to Roger Clemens to David Clyde way back when, but no one has had to carry a larger burden for a franchise, a city and his own future. Basically, Strasburg is expected to kick-start and rescue a dead franchise, popularize baseball in D.C. and coax the man in the Oval Office to attend Nationals games, something President Obama has been reluctant to do in his Chicago White Sox cap and jacket. In due time, Strasburg will have help in the hype department from Bryce Harper, the No, 1 pick in Monday’s draft, who is projected as a prodigious slugger in Washington if he can overcome his immaturity and ample ego. For now, it’s all on Strasburg.Can we give him some room to breathe and grow, please?
A StubHub spokesman said the average ticket was selling for $67.
From a look at him in April, this much seems certain: Strasburg himself will be unimpressed. And that, as much as his physical tools, should give Nationals fans hope. By all accounts, Strasburg is a pitcher who is not easily satisfied.
Strasburg does it again at AAA, prompting Joe Posnanski to write:
There really isn’t much to add
to the Stephen Strasburg hype orchestra. He’s obviously too
good to be pitching in Triple A. Working for the Syracuse Chiefs against the
Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday night, he threw 6 1/3 more scoreless innings
(that’s 18 1/3 scoreless at Syracuse). He allowed three hits — only one of
which was well hit — and he struck out nine, and he hit 100 on the radar gun,
though it was his wiffleball change-up that left the sellout crowd in Rochester
Yeah. There’s nothing much to
add. He’s too good for this level. He might be too good for the next level too,
but we won’t begin to know that until June 4, when he should make his big
league debut for the Nationals at home against Cincinnati. That figures to be
the closest thing to a playoff baseball atmosphere they have felt in Washington
since the Senators of Heinie
Manush lost to the Giants in
the ’33 World Series.
Washington Nationals top pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg went 6 innings in his second Triple-A start, and he did not allow a hit.
There’s no doubt that he’s ready for big league competition, but the Nats will wait until early June to call him up, ensuring that he doesn’t reach Super Two status.