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Strasburg's Day Is Done After 25 Pitches

Stephen Strasburg allowed one run and gave up three hits in the second inning, concluding his afternoon. All told, Strasburg threw 25 pitches, 19 strikes of them strikes.

Right-handed hitter Avisall Garcia, a 6-foot-3, 216-pound prospect, ripped a first-pitch single into center field to lead off the second. After Rawley Bishop flied out to left, Wade Gaynor hit an 0-1 single to left. Steven Moya, a 6-foot-6 outfielder, then drove in the first run against Strasburg, chipping a broken-bat single to left that scored Garcia. Strasburg ended the inning by inducing a soft fly out to left.

By Amy Shipley  |  October 5, 2009; 1:42 PM ET
 
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Breathtaking, stupendous, and foretells of a HOF career.

I was watching my grass grow, but this was a bit better. Great stuff! What's his post-game meal?

Posted by: joemktg1 | October 5, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the update Amy.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | October 5, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"All told, Strasburg threw 25 pitches, 19 strikes of them strikes."

Many are those who have the cojones to call a ball a ball, or even a spade a spade, but few are they who have the discernment to distinguish a strike from a strike. Can Amy Shipley's ultimate promotion to the Redskins beat be denied any longer?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | October 5, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

There goes Strasburg's career shutout bid. Damn.

Are readers aware that a city in the northeast of France is named after this guy? That's huge. Or "tres grand."

Posted by: eyestreet | October 5, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

So, if my math is correct, his ERA is 4.50 and his WHIP is 1.5. He's already the Nats ace!

Posted by: erocks33 | October 5, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo seems to have a marked interest in left handed pitching? You see some of the guys he picked up in trades like Burnett, Garate, Thompson, the fact that he brought up Detwiler for another look? The fact that Villone continues to be a member of the bullpen? Will he go to arbitration with Olsen and bring him back in the spring?

Therefore, myy strong suspicion would be that Rizzo will go for 1 - 2 veteran left-handed starters. Wolf seems the likely candidate? I suspect he would replace Livo with a left-hander if the right one became available? If Detwiler made enough of an impression this Fall then perhaps he will just sign one?

Posted by: periculum | October 5, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Has Strasburg EVER given up three hits in an inning before today?

Welcome to pro ball, son.

Posted by: gilbertbp | October 5, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

A friend of mine that is a Reds fan asked me this question and I can't answer it. So I ask all of NJ-land their opinion ...

Would you trade Cristian Guzman for either Bronson Arroyo or Aaron Harang?

All three will be FA's after next season. Guz is due $8M, while Arroyo and Harang both make around $12M.

The Nats need SP and the Reds need a SS. The Reds would love to shed some payroll, but would the Nats needs to offer more than Guz to get either pitcher? Are either pitcher worth it? Even for one season? Make the trade in the offseason then maybe try and move the pitcher prior to the trade deadline??

Thoughts?

Posted by: erocks33 | October 5, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Love the dripping sarcasm here. Too funny. Hope Shipley doesn't take it personally.

Posted by: NatsNut | October 5, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's get real folks. There are posters who describe exactly what Rizzo shouldn't go after (over the hill, overpriced journeymen) and then go on to list a number of F/As to pick up, all of whom are on the way down and are overpriced.

Let's examine bullpens, before we get all upset about what/who is signed or not signed. There are a very few, maybe 15, top end closers. There are a very few, maybe 15, set up men (most of whom are in the wings closers to be), and there are a handful of one batter lefty specialists. The rest of the bullpen is mostly made up of guys who, for one reason or another, aren't good enough to be starters. In any year a team may get lucky and have them all be at the top of their game, or get unlucky (see: Nationals, Washington, early 2009). It happens.

Of course, Rizzo is looking at left-handed pitchers. There are 30 clubs in MLB. 28 other GMs (besides Rizzo) are looking for left-handed pitching help. Toronto does not have a GM looking for left-handed pitchers only because Toronto does not have a GM.

Posted by: Catcher50 | October 5, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

No more trades with the Reds, just on general principle. Okay?

Posted by: nunof1 | October 5, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

...except if the Reds will give the Nats a warm body in exchange for Kearns.... a heartbeat would be added value.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | October 5, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I was a Reds fan for 30 years before we finally got the Nats (and still have lingering attachments) and given what I've seen of both teams, trading Guzman for either of them would be a steal for the Nats. Mainly because sure, each of them is generally a serviceable starting player albeit clearly on the decline - but starting pitching is a lot rarer than finding someone who is a starting shortstop. And both of those Cincinnati pitchers are the type who've had to learn to actually pitch - their stuff isn't that great anymore (or never really was, in Arroyo's case) - and thus they both have a chance of being pretty good pitchers for a few more years, e.g. for the year coming up it's still likely that they can be at least as good as they were this year. Whereas the odds of Guzman being as good as this year, or last year, are really diminishing. Guzman reminds me of Jose Vidro now, I somehow doubt he'll make it limping through another whole season. Both Arroyo and Harang are historically durable although they're both coming off of odd health issues (Arroyo carpal tunnel syndrome, apparently aggravated by his guitar playing, and Harang from an emergency appendectomy).

Posted by: jonb5 | October 5, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Depends: will Guzman accept a move to second? If yes, no trade. If no, sure, either.

Posted by: Section506 | October 5, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, nunof1, I'd make the trade with the Reds. Let's go for Arroyo, he apparently just upgraded his cheating, at least according to the Cardinals. Bring him in and we'll just make sure next year's caps have a dark underbill lining.

Posted by: baltova1 | October 5, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Cr*p! My Internet connection has been messed up all day and I just saw the item about the Strasburg coverage on ESPN. Oh well.

Also, I just figured out (I think. Duh.) that the poster quoted below is JDS. And here I thought it was Eclipse (AKA insert moniker of choice here).

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And one last time, "The bourbon and Maalox are on me! Drink heartily."

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | October 4, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 5, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I hope the marlins fire Fredi Gonzalez so we can hire him.

Posted by: james67 | October 5, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"That my friend's is power that can't be taught... his last year of high school as a sophomore, he hit .756... lol"

Maybe, but a lot of that is timing and rhythm. I preferred the short stroke bring the bat off of my shoulder and holding it about shoulder high almost vertical. I had a lot of power.

The problem (very much Duke's and Maxwell's problem) is breaking balls ... and MLB pitchers who know how to use them effectively. I also see it with Willingham. As Rizzo put it ... the league adjusted to Willingham's new found stroke and he was unable to adapt.

Its why I like Morse. He seems immune to that to an extent. As does Desmond ... so far :) ... he even amazed his SYR manager. While Dunn is very discriminating ... Zimmerman was probably the team's best overall hitter in 2009 I think?

There's the small-ball approach, bat control, learning how to bunt if you have speed. It can really affect even the best pitcher. It can turn what should be a 1,2, 3 shutdown inning into a run where all nine hitters get an at bat. It can be effective against those breaking balls. Used quite effectively by Nyjer Morgan.

Hitting for power is one thing. Hitting consistently for average and power, getting on base at the major league leve is another.

Hitting still seems to be the hardest thing to learn at the major league level.

Posted by: periculum | October 5, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I hope all the Koolade DIRTBALLS who screamed **** Strasburg and his agent over and over.....Have the b**** to STAND UP and take it in the backside like the NOTStown losers........ they are !!!!!

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | October 5, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say, I'm beginning to understand Captain Bligh.

Posted by: Section506 | October 5, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

>I was watching my grass grow, but this was a bit better. Great stuff! What's his post-game meal?

Posted by: joemktg1

Strasburg is god. Don't forget that boy. He's got the cure you're thinking of

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NOdgKZxLzA

Posted by: Brue | October 5, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Nats Journal, represent!

http://views.washingtonpost.com/post-user-polls/2009/10/favorite-dc-pro-team.html?hpid=talkbox1

Clearly, Goff is rigging the poll.

Posted by: Section506 | October 5, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

@506 -- thanks for the heads-up. Goff didn't even mention the poll on Soccer Insider. I got in one more vote for United, even if I'm really disappointed in the team they put out there this year. Terrible effort by the FO, matched by results on the pitch -- but our passion remains.

Posted by: fischy | October 5, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the poll is closed? I did add a comment, though. (Guess which team I picked?)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 5, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope CHarlan, or one of the other baseball writers/columnists (Boz, Sheinen, Shipley, CamSmith, Tracee, or even the blogfather himself) thinks to throw those of us here in NJ a bone or two every day in the off-season, just to keep the strings reasonably fresh.

Posted by: BinM | October 5, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"but starting pitching is a lot rarer than finding someone who is a starting shortstop."

I don't get it. Doesn't every team have at least five starters, and on, at most two, starting shortstops, at any one time?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 5, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

"but starting pitching is a lot rarer than finding someone who is a starting shortstop."
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I don't get it. Doesn't every team have at least five starting pitchers, and one, at most two, starting shortstops, at any one time? I mean, arithmetically, that doesn't add up.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 5, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

whoops. inadvertent whistle.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 5, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

POTD, if we didn't have to explain it.
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Gotta say, I'm beginning to understand Captain Bligh.
Posted by: Section506 | October 5, 2009 5:36 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 5, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

FYI ... SpaceCoastBaseball has the entire Strasburg outing video up. From behind the plate

http://spacecoastbaseball.com/

Posted by: Brian_ | October 6, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Ex Nationals in the playoffs: Belliard, Rauch, Gallaraga (minors), and Beimel. Ex-expos include: Cabrera, Pavano, Gurerero, Rivera, and Itzuris. Future Nationals include: Pujols, Mauer, Verlander, ... oh well, a man can dream can't he.

Posted by: natbiscuits | October 6, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

jonb5,

I was a Reds fan as well for like 30 years before we got the Nats. Those Big Red Machine teams of the 70's were what got me loving baseball when I was a kid.

I agree either pitcher would be a steal for Guz. I would prefer Harang but Arroyo would do as well.

Posted by: Section505203 | October 6, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I would trade Guzzie for Harang but not Arroyo. Harrang has a longer history of consistancy than does Arroyo, plus Harrang is just a bigger guy so in the long run, I think he'll hold up better. But Arroyo is just too up and down for me. Guzzie has value at 2B (which he'll be forced to accept if he stays here) for us, so I think we'd be better off keeping him over the flaky Arroyo.

But again, for Harrang, I'd take it in a heartbeat.

Posted by: sec307 | October 6, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

What would make Cincy do that(Harang for Guz) or even Arroyo? Yeah i'd go for that just not sure Cincy would.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 6, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Not to change the subject, but Nick Johnson finished the year as a Type B free agent. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/10/elias-rankings-update.html

This means that if the Marlins offer him arbitration and Nick turns it down to sign with another team, then the Marlins receive a supplemental round draft pick. I personally don't think the Nats would have offered arbitration if he had stayed, so to me this doesn't change my opinion that trading Johnson in July was the right move. Other thoughts?

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | October 6, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

No more trades with the Reds, just on general principle. Where have you people been the past five years anyway? Has a trade with the Reds EVER been a success?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | October 6, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

We would not have offered NJ arb. out of fear he would accept. I doubt the Marlins offer it to him either.

As for trades with Reds... who cares about the past, let Rizzo do his thing.

Posted by: sec307 | October 6, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

How many days until pitchers and catchers report?

Posted by: Section506 | October 6, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It's 12:35 pm and no new post. And Chico isn't in transit to an away game. The offseason has truly begun.

Posted by: Section222 | October 6, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

There are reports Loria is ticked they didn't catch the Phillies or Rockies, and is talking of "blowing up" a team that already has one of the lowest payrolls. So no, I don't think they'll offer Nick arbitration, either. He'll go somewhere he can be useful--good luck to him, wherever that is (just not here, thanks).

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We would not have offered NJ arb. out of fear he would accept. I doubt the Marlins offer it to him either.
Posted by: sec307 | October 6, 2009 10:47 AM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 6, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

and did I mention we might yet benefit from Loria's cognitive dissonance? Fredi Gonzalez, anyone?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 6, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Of course, if they DO fire Gonzalez, August 4-5-6 will be vindicated. (Although Bobby Cox may well be immune.)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 6, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

http://masnsports.com/2009/10/scouts-honor-its-zimmerman.html

Of course, since they play different postions, the actual choice would be "Pujols or Dunn?" And I think even Adam Dunn would say "Pujols" there.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 6, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I think its 135 days till pitchers and catchers report if that day is February 18th.

Posted by: WashOut | October 6, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

From a link to a PDF Nats minor league system report posted on the NFA site:

BEST TOOLS: 6 prospects from the Washington Nationals organization were cited in Baseball America’s annual Best
Tools survey voted upon by league managers…a closer look:


BEST TOOLS – Triple-A
2B Seth Bynum – Best Defensive Second Baseman in the International League.
SS Ian Desmond – Best Infield Arm in the International League.
RHP J.D. Martin – Best Control in the International League.

BEST TOOLS – Double-A
SS Ian Desmond – Best Infield Arm in the Eastern League.

BEST TOOLS – Single-A
SS Danny Espinosa – Best Defensive Shortstop and Best Infield Arm in the Carolina League.
RHP Brad Meyers – Best Control in the Carolina League.
C Derek Norris – Best Batting Prospect and Best Power Prospect in the South Atlantic League.
________________________________________________

Makes one wonder if Bynum might be given a look see in spring training for the MI?

Posted by: periculum | October 6, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Makes one wonder if Bynum might be given a look see in spring training for the MI?
Posted by: periculum | October 6, 2009 3:50 PM
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peric, you might be the only one; Take a look at this.
Bynum, Seth (2B) - DOB 12/19/80; Signed by MTL as an undrafted free-agent in 2004. 2009 summary: HAR-SYR- 138GP, .267BA/ .310OBP/ .454SLG, 20E. Current status - Possible Rule-V eligible player / minor-league free-agent.

Posted by: BinM | October 6, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that was a long one! Congrats to JiM and Wookie. Now go spank those Yanks!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 6, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

What a game!

Tough loss for Rodney, who looked to be the savior for Detroit there for a moment. And with Inge gutting it out and Raburn's double play at the plate, you almost have to feel for Detroit.

But what an atmosphere. I can't wait until DC can feel what this city's feeling right now.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 6, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Detroit played the Twins hard. I did feel kinda bad for them.

It'll be our turn one of these days.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 6, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Mauer not only locked up the batting title, but he just set the record for season batting average by a catcher.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 6, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Atta boy!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 6, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I hadn't realized that Brendan Harris was with the Twins. So that's two degrees of Nats separation (with Wookie), or three if Nats brothers count (Delmon/Dmitri). I'm thinking that's probably the highest degree of any team in the mix. The Dodgers only have Belli - well, and Nick the Stick's uncle. The Rockies have Beimel.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 6, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

And all they did was win more than they lost. Imagine if they had actually won something!
Can't wait.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2010000592_mari05.html

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 7, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

1a, did you read Bos yet?

"While cleaning the dog hair out of the back seat of my car, I found four baseball media guides jammed under the seat."

=)

Posted by: NatsNut | October 7, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I did, NatsNut. Media guides? Waaahhh!

Also, welcome to Wooktober(TM), ladies and gents.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 7, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Okay, since it is a slow post morning I thought I'd share a Facebook conversation that I had with my neighbor who is a devout Tigers fan:

Alex (Tigers Fan): NNNooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
Cathy: ??
Katrina: He was just informed he killed Padme in his anger.
Alex: Ugh... Damn Twins...
Katrina: Yeah, killing Padme didn't kill them, and they grew up to blow up your Death Star.
Me: So is that why they played the "Star Wars" theme when the Twins hit a home run. I get it now!

Posted by: twinbrook | October 7, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

A thought on Nick Johnson. Rarely has moving a good player (and a good guy) so benefitted a team -- it brought order to the messed-up outfield, got Dunn a fielding job he seems better at, and opened the way for Dukes to prove himself one way or the other.

Posted by: markfromark | October 7, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm...the Posties didn't even wait for the offseason to get in full swing before putting NJ into hibernation mode. Is a new post too much to ask for?

Posted by: BGinVA | October 7, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse


Chico! Feed us! We're honnnnnnnnnnnnnnngry!

Posted by: gilbertbp | October 7, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Working on his postseason picks, maybe?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 7, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I should buy a lottery ticket. Right after I read the new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 7, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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