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Game 100 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Braves

Stephen Strasburg will face a new challenge tonight, trying to tame a lineup for the second time. The one thing we know about Strasburg is that his stuff means the challenge rests more with the lineup than the 22-year-old phenom lording over the mound. But what difference might the Braves having seen him once make?

"I think generally, the more hitters see the same pitcher, I think it starts to sway toward the hitters," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "But we're so early into that really somebody the second time is not a great sampling."

With the widespread video technology available to hitters, facing a pitcher even once may not be necessary for an opponent to create a gameplan against Strasburg. The Braves have not only seen Strasburg in person once, but they've also got four more starts to study him. Then again, opponents having a chance to build a "book" on Strasburg hasn't made much a difference yet, has it?

The last time Strasburg faced the Braves, Tim Hudson made Strasburg's dominance moot by shutting out the Nationals in what became a 5-0 Nats loss. Tonight, they'll take a shot at young fireballer Tommy Hanson.

Dave Sheinin will be chatting away all game. You can also talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 27, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
 
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Batista getting out of the 1st inning not giving up a run is a plus...all gravy from here...

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 27, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, gang! 3 runs supporting Batista!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 27, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Clean defense through 4.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 27, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I understand this is the strategy going into the 9th by bringing Capps on...but if the previous pitcher is doing so good, WHY take him out??? If Capps falters then what...
I just have a problem removing a pitcher who is doing good to turn it over to the 'CLOSER' by habit...

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 27, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

That was a great game!

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | July 27, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of pitchers being removed when they're doing well, too, pentagon40. That has bothered me for years. They treat these world class athletes like million dollar babies.

Posted by: Supporter51 | July 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Shades of Hector Carrasco in '05, way to go, Batista and the pen! Curly W's never get old.

Storen looked real good tonight.

And to see my favorite all-time trivia question: Tom Cheney's 21 Ks. RIP, Tom.

Posted by: nats24 | July 27, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Well i'll be able to walk in the office here in the A-T-L with my head held high and you know i'll be talkin plenty of trash to my coworkers (Braves fan's) i.e. we don't need "The Kid" for those weak azz bats or don't look now but you're lead is slippin, anyway great job on short notice by Bautista and the pen way to go Nats!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 27, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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