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Stephen Strasburg's next start

Stephen Strasburg will make his next -- and potentially last -- minor league start Saturday in Syracuse against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Nationals have not made any indications about Strasburg's debut date, but his start Saturday seemingly adds to the likelihood he will make his major league debut June 4 at Nationals Park. Strasburg would receive five days of rest between Saturday and then, the Nationals' first home game in June and first after they return from the 10-game road trip that begins today.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 25, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
 
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Bring it on.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 25, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Friday June 4.
Nothing left to do but Smile Smile Smile.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 25, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Ty Cobb on his first encounter with Walter Johnson:

"On August 2, 1907, I encountered the most threatening sight I ever saw in the ball field. He was a rookie, and we licked our lips as we warmed up for the first game of a doubleheader in Washington. Evidently, manager Pongo Joe Cantillon of the Nats had picked a rube out of the cornfields of the deepest bushes to pitch against us... He was a tall, shambling galoot of about twenty, with arms so long they hung far out of his sleeves, and with a sidearm delivery that looked unimpressive at first glance... One of the Tigers imitated a cow mooing, and we hollered at Cantillon: 'Get the pitchfork ready, Joe-- your hayseed's on his way back to the barn.'...The first time I faced him, I watched him take that easy windup. And then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed with danger. We couldn't touch him... every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park."

Ok, Stras may not be the Big Train, but Joey Votto ain't Ty Cobb either. Can't wait.

Posted by: mojo6 | May 25, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Could that start be in San Diego? the Nats need a starter for that night.

Posted by: tcostant | May 25, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Livan will pitch on short rest in San Diego. Too much money to be made to wast Stras's first start in an away park.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | May 25, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Or, waste, even.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | May 25, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Joey Votto may not be Ty Cobb, but he is a seriously professional hitter, the best one SS will have faced in his career at that point. I am very much looking forward to the matchup.

Posted by: mherd1 | May 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the fans in SD if SS was brought in to start, BOO YA! we dun hit the muthalode!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 25, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh. According to noted astrologer Skye Thomas ("Also available for life coaching!"), June doesn't look good for Cancers:

"This is a hard month for everyone. Four of the five Titans of the zodiac are in a huge ugly battle. Smaller fast moving planets are adding to the drama. For you, this is creating a lot of trouble in your professional life. You and your boss, a partner, an enemy, and/or someone in your local community are all clashing. Nobody agrees on anything. You are often expected to help, heal, lead, rescue, and/or “fix” everyone. However, they are not really going to do as you say, so you will just end up ticked off as they waste your time and talents. Biting your tongue was never your forte, nor should it be."

That's it. Strasburg should stay in Syracuse until those Titans settle their differences. I'm thinking Friday, July 2nd against the Mets is safe. It's also part of my ticket plan.

Posted by: Bethesdangit1 | May 25, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Not sure I understand the argument that having Strasburg start in SD (or anywhere but DC) would cost the Nationals. I would guess that his first DC start will be a sellout regardless of whether or not he pitched in SD first.

Posted by: sect104 | May 25, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The FO wouldn't let SS start in SD because that would deprive them of the chance to sell T-shirts and other trinkets at Nats Park with "Strasburg's Debut MLB Game" plastered all over them.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | May 25, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Joey Votto may not be Ty Cobb, but he is a seriously professional hitter, the best one SS will have faced in his career at that point. I am very much looking forward to the matchup.

Posted by: mherd1 | May 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Miguel Cabrera is a better hitter then Votto he already rung up a K on him.

Posted by: Stu27 | May 25, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

would be better if he came up to the majors and started in San Diego this weekend

Posted by: jimgrand | May 25, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

>>Miguel Cabrera is a better hitter then Votto he already rung up a K on him.

That was a gorgeous pitch too.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 25, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

>>Miguel Cabrera is a better hitter then Votto he already rung up a K on him.

That was a knee-bender. What a gorgeous pitch.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 25, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Cobb figured out how to hit Johnson later in his career. After facing too many danger hissing fastballs Cobb figured out that Johnson was afraid of hitting a batter with one of those things. (Amazingly, he held the record for hit batters despite this fear). So Cobb would lean over the plate early in the count, forcing Johnson to throw outside for balls. Then when he was ahead in the count and Johnson had to throw a strike, Cobb would step back and get hits on those pitches. Now that's a seriously professional hitter. (A seriously twisted person, but a great hitter).

Posted by: mojo6 | May 25, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg faced some decent batters in Spring Training and fared well.

If Strasburg's start is as good as or better than Jordan Zimmermann's first start against the Braves last year then I think the Nats are in good shape.

Posted by: dmacman88 | May 25, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Fellow Nats Journal denizens --

I can now report for certain the true SS first start date: Saturday, June 5, 2010. This is because I possess tickets for both Friday, June 4 and Sunday, June 6. This guarantees beyond a shadow of a doubt that the first start will be Saturday the 5th!

Posted by: HenryStin | May 25, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

June 4th at home. Book it.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | May 25, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

If June 4th is the date then SS will have an extra day off between his last start in Syracuse and his debut with the Nats. I really think they need to let him throw more than 50 pitches this Saturday. Or why not start him Sunday in Syracuse instead so his MLB debut is on regular 4 days rest?

Posted by: slopitchtom | May 25, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I have tickets for the 4th. With my luck it will rain!

Posted by: snickering | May 25, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

With Strasburg starting Sat 5/29 for Syracuse, looking at the Nats' schedule his turn in the rotation would be Fri 6/4 since they have Thurs off. There's no reason to keep Strasburg in AAA after Memorial Day weekend.

Posted by: ericp331 | May 25, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

After throwing 52 pitches last night, look for Strasburg to throw 26 pitches Saturday. Then, with 5 days rest, he'll make his debut with the Nats on June 4th by warming up in the bullpen, but not actually appearing in the game, as the team takes the whole 'pitch count' thing to its ridiculous end.

Posted by: 4-12 | May 25, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

To clarify, June 4 saves the Nationals money because (from MLBtraderumors):
Strasburg would have next to no chance of becoming a super two player after 2012. A June 4th callup would prevent Strasburg from picking up more than 122 days of service time this year and would reduce the chances that he goes to arbitration four times. Since arbitration-eligible players cost much more than the MLB minimum, it's in the Nationals' best interest to prevent their top prospect from becoming a super two.

Posted by: nmoses | May 25, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

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