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Stephen Strasburg named NL Player of the Week

Stephen Strasburg added to his unparalleled first week in the major leagues this afternoon when Major League Baseball named him the National League player of the week.

In the first two starts of his career, Strasburg went 2-0 and allowed three runs on six hits with 22 strikeouts and five walks in 12 1/3 innings. In his unforgettable debut, Strasburg struck out 14 Pittsburg Pirates, setting a new Nationals record. He followed it Sunday with another impressive performance, whiffing eight Cleveland Indians despite issues with the Progressive Field mound that led to five walks.

Strasburg's strikeouts placed him among the all-time great starts in baseball history. Only Karl Spooner struck out more than 22 batters in the first two starts of his career. Strasburg struck out 19 before his first walk, three shy of the record Johnny Cueto set in 2008. Strasburg also struck out nine straight at one point - seven to end his first start, two to begin his second - which made him the fifth pitch this decade to strike out nine in a row.

After months of anticipation, Strasburg exceeded the wild expectations attached to him and became a national phenomenon. He read the Top Ten on the "Late Show with David Letterman" and convinced three networks to air Nationals game on national television.

"Just another week, you know?" Strasburg said after his victory Sunday. "I had to go out there and get ready for this start. I'm sure it's been a little more crazy for my family than for myself. I'm really trying to learn as much as I can here and improve myself at the same time and helping this team win some ballgames. That's my main focus."

Strasburg's next start will come Friday at Nationals Park against the Chicago White Sox. They will provide a unique challenge to adding on to his absurd strikeout totals - the White Sox have struck out 309 times this year, fewest in the majors.

Strasburg is the first National to win the award this season. Closer Matt Capps won the reliever of the month award for April.

Josh Willingham (2009), Cristian Guzman (2008), Willie Harris (2008), Ryan Zimmerman (2007) and Nick Johnson (2005) are the only other Nationals to have won or shared the award.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 14, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

Smart of the Nats to start Strassburg on Friday on five days rest and then have him pitch his next start on the last day of a homestand before going on the road. I'm sure Fox wanted the Nats to be on their National TV game on Saturday but then the Nats would have had to start him again on 5 days of rest vs. Baltimore on the road.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 14, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

the indians are so bad they can't even make a pile of dirt work...

Posted by: chillsonic | June 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Food for Thought: Does Riggleman keep his job if the Nat's finish below.500? let's say 78-84(4thpl) i'll just assume he keeps it if they finish at break even or above, a little something for discussion on a day off.

Posted by: dargregmag | June 14, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

i happen to like the job JR is doing...we've improved a number of games over last year despite having horrible pitching from 3-5 starts every cycle...nothing coming from the backup catcher...nothing coming from centerfield...nothing coming from right field.

the bullpen is better...the team plays hard and sure there is room for improvement. Jordan Z will be a much needed addition to the starting staff and if somebody among Marquis, Detwiler or the chinese dude...we could be good shortly.

the bottom line: Jim cares - he's a native and I can't think of anybody outside of maybe Torres - 10 years ago - that I'd rather have....give it time...two years from now could be much, much better, and the road to then could be fun, with its periodic hiccups.

Posted by: outrbnksm | June 14, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess this will clear up the Wed afternoon game vs the Royals (talk about the difference between a 12k crowd and a 35k+ crowd!). Bought mine via Nats instead of waiting for scalpers who have been reluctant to post until further confirmation. I don't blame them -- it's either 1/2 price or double price!

With strict 5 day schedule, now we have to worry about rain Friday, and that's it except rain Wednesday, right?

If SS starts Friday, then the Fox game on Saturday will star... John Lannan?

Posted by: mo_dc | June 14, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

To all the people on these blogs who keep posting comments about potential for rain, and thus rainouts, please do the community a public service and SHUT THE F UP ALREADY!

You are the same type of illogical morons who cannot comprehend the very simply fact that postponements due to rain are extremely rare and only occur about two times per team per season. That's 2 per 162 games a year. You do the math. Or, since you are too slow to on your own, I'll do it for you: it's between 1-2% chance of occurring. Major League Baseball strongly encourages umpires to allow games to go on even in moderate rain. In heavy rain, umpires are encouraged by MLB to give every chance up to a 3-hour delay to allow the weather to improve. And even in such rare scenarios where rain does force a postponement, unless the postponed game occurs on the last day in a series between two teams, they are almost always made up the follow day.

So please, for the love of God, stop wasting your time and ours by posting these absolutely idiotic comments about the minute possibility of potential for rainouts!!! Thank you.

End rant.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 14, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Oooooh, somebody is Mr. Grumpyface today.
Must be the rain on the way--it does that to some people.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 14, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Good lord Barno. No one is asking you to read said posts. You are wasting your own time. And you wasted even more of your own time by making a humongous unnecessary tirade.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 14, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

In the long run tho, if enough people read my comment and cease to post the idiotic rainout comments, I might actually be saving some time.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 14, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

They aren't that dumb though. Who's to say one of the "two rainouts per 162 games a year" doesn't occur on a Strasburg start?

Posted by: amorris525 | June 14, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The idiotic thing about Barno's tirade is that NO ONE was posting comments about the potential for rain on Friday !!!

One person mentioned it one time in one sentance ! Oh yeah, thats worth a 150 word tirade !!!

I think he has problems. Must be from the potential rain-out on Friday !

Stasburg is awesome !!! Sooo nice to have something to read about between the end of the Finals and the beginning of Training Camp.

Posted by: US-conscience | June 14, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

US-conscience, you must be new to the WaPo blogs. Every day for the last 2 weeks there are countless comments about the potential for rainouts...each and every one of them by people who somehow seem to believe rainouts happen every time there's a chance of rain.

amorris525, you are proving my point with your idiotic comment. It's a 1-2 percent chance pal.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 14, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I think he has problems. Must be from the potential rain-out on Friday !

Posted by: US-conscience | June 14, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

And yes, I do have problems: I really, really hate stupid people.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 14, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

You just need to settle yourself down. You make idiotic comments all the time on Redskins Insider.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 14, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Does Riggleman keep his job of the Nats are below 500, these are the same friggin death to the morbid franchise guys that said we wouldn't win 3o games,worst team in the world and SS was all hype.Give us a damn break, this franchise is growing on youth, and talented youth at that, keep your negative BS for the Boston,NY,& Philly markets, we don't need it, not now or ever. Yes Riggleman keeps his job. Long after you guys do,while woking for your Dad's. Happy Fathers Day enablers. Get off our site,go back to Boston and NY, don't want or need you.

Posted by: mfowler1 | June 15, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

"Does Riggleman keep his job" - is today 1 April? Really - is that a serious question? He would have to lose every game from this point out to lose his job. If he finishes 78-84 how could you fire someone when the last two years they had 100+?

Posted by: Shiba-fussa | June 15, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

You just need to settle yourself down. You make idiotic comments all the time on Redskins Insider.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 14, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

All the time? Have maybe, maybe, posted 5 comments total on Redskins Insider in the last year.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 15, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ok sorry. Used to make idiotic comments there all the time. Sorry, forgot you were run out of town on that blog.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Food for Thought: Does Riggleman keep his job if the Nat's finish below.500? let's say 78-84(4thpl) i'll just assume he keeps it if they finish at break even or above, a little something for discussion on a day off.

Posted by: dargregmag |

84 losses is not 100plus losses. So he will keep his job. Its kind of like the guy who takes over for a NFL team that goes 1-15 and he goes 7-9. Do you fire him for not going 9-7 and making the playoffs?

Posted by: ged0386 | June 15, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Barno1

In the end, if you dont like the comments you just ignore them and keep reading, you dont post about them. No one cares if you like them or not. You are a blogger, this is a blog, people blog what they want. They dont blog to please you. Get a life.

Posted by: ged0386 | June 15, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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