Stephen Strasburg's debut: A breakdown
The Post has some really, really cool tools online to help relive Stephen Strasburg's unforgettable debut last night. You can track, contrast and compare his pitches. You can also review every at-bat from last night. It's just cool.
You don't need any help to conclude Strasburg had an amazing night. But they help add perspective.
The Pirates swung 41 times in Strasburg's 94 pitches. They missed 18 times, 43.9 percent of their swings. For perspective, the highest percentage among qualifying pitchers of swings that miss is 35.3, by Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard.
Back to those 41 swings. The Pirates managed three hits, one home run, four ground balls (one of them a double play), two fly balls and 13 foul balls. The Pirates had three hits while putting nine balls in play, which is actually slightly unlucky.
Strasburg threw 53 fastballs (35 strikes, 18 balls), 26 curves (19 strikes, seven balls) and 15 changeups (11 strikes, four balls). Given how much his curveball breaks, the strike-to-ball ratio on his curveball is absurd. The Pirates generally treated it like a miracle of modern science.
At the end of his night, Strasburg offered incredible evidence of his stamina. His last four fastballs -- which were pitches No. 89, 90, 91 and 94 -- zipped home at 98, 98, 99 and 99 miles per hour. He had his very best stuff at the very end of the night. It shows how easy he throws -- he can reach back when he needs to, but he does not strain to throw what is one of the three hardest fastballs by a starter in baseball.
Out in the bullpen, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard had started warming up, and they got a little distracted. Earlier in the game, they had laughed at some of the swings Strasburg produced. Now, with the crowd frenzied and standing, they pumped their fists. "You don't do that when you're warming up," Storen said.
And, yeah, you can see why they got so excited.
June 9, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
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