(ESPN2 7PM ET) Well, all day long at school I hear how great Strasburg is at this or how wonderful Strasburg did that! Strasburg, Strasburg, Strasburg! That’s right. All Stephen Strasburg all the time, and why the hell not?
- In his very first outing, struck out 14 and walked nobody. Just so you know, Nolan Ryan had exactly one game in his entire career with at least 14 strikeouts and zero walks — and it came in his 698th start!
- More recently, in his third career start, Strasburg struck out 10 White Sox batters which gave him 32 Ks over his first three starts. For those of you keeping score at home, that was the most for any pitcher in baseball’s modern era (1900 to date). The previous most was 29 by J.R. Richard for the 1971 Astros.
- All he did in his last start was throw nine punchados without walking anybody. You heard? No-buh-dee! That marked the third time in his four starts that Strasburg has registered at least nine strikeouts without walking a batter. Those three games with nine-or-more strikeouts and zero walks are the most for any pitcher in the major-leagues this season. In fact, only one other pitcher has done that more than once in 2010: James Shields(twice).
So, Strasburg, Strasburg, Strasburg it is. Get your popcorn ready!
Peace out homies! Six Two and Even!