I was shocked it wasn't nationally televised somehow. Then I was pleasantly surprised to see that I'll get to watch his second start against the Indians on Sunday, guaranteeing a 2-0 start for Strasburg.
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Originally posted by whateverI was shocked it wasn't nationally televised somehow. Then I was pleasantly surprised to see that I'll get to watch his second start against the Indians on Sunday, guaranteeing a 2-0 start for Strasburg.
Well, MLB Network did broadcast live it in glorious HD last night. Yeah, I get MLB on my digital tier, so you better believe I was watching.
It's incredible how effortless he appears to throw when he's hitting 98+. He didn't have control of his curve in the first inning. Once he did, wow!
Good for the Nationals to be able to have an event like this - a packed house getting to watch that performance. An all-around good night for baseball. How does a ball MOVE like that?? He hit 101 on the gun in the 6th inning. Jesus.
Then there was the lucky person who pulled the special 1 of 1 version of the Strasburg rookie card from a box of 2010 Bowman baseball cards. It was initially put up on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $20K. After no one bit, it was relisted as an auction (cgi.ebay.com). Poor guy only got $16K.
Yesterday morning, I jokingly predicted (in the comments section of a Dodger blog that I frequent) that Delwyn Young would homer off of Strasburg. Needless to say, I was laughing my ass off when it actually happened.
That said, the kid was damned impressive. Hopefully his spot in the rotation is up when the Nats come to L.A. in August. I'd love to see him face Clayton Kershaw or John Ely.
Speaking of Ely: He had an 89-batter walkless streak after debuting this season, so this Strasburg guy has some work to do to catch up. ;)
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Originally posted by Ryan72182Bold prediction: Tommy John surgery in 2013, won't be the same after that. Enjoy it while you can.
Bolder prediction: He's pitching for an AL contender in 2014, most likely for the Yankees or Red Sox. Once his contract runs out after 2013, he'll be the biggest free agent since LeBron James.
It's hard not to burst into hyperbole after that first start. Just amazing and that "zero walk" stat is staggering. He's going to be HUGE, but with baseball's economic climate the way it is, the Nationals will never be able to keep him beyond his initial contract.
Strasburg's current deal runs out after 2012, true, but he won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season since he doesn't have the service time. So those 2013-2014 contracts will be up for arbitration unless the Nationals work out another deal in the interim.
And who's to say how baseball's economics might look in a few years. The Nats certainly have money --- they were in on the Teixeira sweepstakes two winters ago. Washington could sign Strasburg if they feel he's worth it and is needed to make a pennant run.
Also technically not the franchise record. Bill Gullickson had 18 as a rookie which was the MLB record until Kerry Wood broke it with 20 in 98. But of course the Expos might as well have never had existed.
(Gullickson held the record for 18 years with 18 strikeouts.)
Originally posted by LlakorAlso technically not the franchise record. Bill Gullickson had 18 as a rookie which was the MLB record until Kerry Wood broke it with 20 in 98. But of course the Expos might as well have never had existed.
It's better that way, I think. Whenever I see a Seattle Sonics' record referred to when they are talking about the OKC Durants (like they did repeatedly during the Lakers/Durants playoff series), I become irrationably angry.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
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I'm watching Strasburg's second start and am stunned at how much this guy's being babied. I don't think I've ever seen a grounds crew come out in the middle of an inning to lay down new dirt on the mound, because the dirt's hazardous and can cause injury. And it's happened twice!
I realize the Nats want to keep this guy healthy, but it's starting to get absurd and I'd imagine people are going to turn on this guy quick if this type of overprotection is going to happen every start.
from the ap recap, *he* requested the mound to be looked at both times, not his overprotective team. i can't imagine he gives a shit if fans don't like that he feels uncomfortable on the mound. this is nothing new and borders on routine.
To answer the implied question, what were they thinking: Who won Game 7 of the 1997 Series, again? Sure, he wasn't exactly the best pitcher this season, but he had shown he had experience in playing with this kind of pressure.