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.
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