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Enough about Stephen Strasburg already!
Just when there seemed to be a lull in the seemingly endless Stephen Strasburg innings-limit saga, the Washington Post had the audacity to reopen the Pandora’s box of media driven debate about whether or not the Nationals will actually go through with their plan to shut Strasburg down prior to the post-season.
Stephen Strasburg’s Current Status
According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Nationals are preparing for Strasburg to miss his final “two or three” starts of the regular season.
Well thanks Adam, for “breaking” that story. Maybe you can follow it up with a fantasy baseball article that lists Mike Trout as a “sleeper” to target in next year’s drafts or an Op-Ed about how the Earth is getting warmer.
In Kilgore’s article, Nationals manager Davey Johnson was quoted as saying how he wishes “we could get by the Stras thing.” You and me both brother. But apparently, that’s a logical impossibility.
So instead, I’ll be forced to s
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Up above: a source with no knowledge of the situation has floated a copy of the eye test Mike Rizzo might use to make the final call on when to shut down Stephen Strasburg this season. Go ahead: take the test with each eye covered and see how you fare.
"There is no magic number. It will be the eye test. Davey (Johnson) won't decide and ownership won't decide...
The Washington Nationals' impending shutdown of Stephen Strasburg has caused the baseball team to do the once-unthinkable: steal attention from politics and the Redskins.
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Stephen Strasburg is up to 145 1/3 innings, and the Washington Nationals are sticking to their guns: once Strasburg hits 180 innings or so, he’s done for the year, and that’s that.
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I’ve been reading and watching a lot lately about the Washignton Nationals and their plans to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season – including any potential playoff run – after 160-something innings.
I come away with three observations.
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While you're sitting around worrying about Shutdown Day (or not worrying about Shutdown Day, and enjoying a night off), it looks like two out of three Aces signed that spectacular Three Aces piece this week. Above, Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg make it official. Just Gio to go. Apparently Zimm bought 6, Stras bought 3.
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Stephen Strasburg has been dominant this year. In 25 starts he has posted a 15-5 record, a 2.85 ERA, and 183 strikeouts in 145 1/3 innings. Yet, while he may be leading the Nationals to D.C.’s first baseball playoff trip since 1933, the team seems intent on shutting Strasburg down to protect his health. Nationals executives believe that Strasburg’s arm is not ready to take on...
Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard a lot about Stephen Strasburg and the impending decision to shut him down. It’s been mostly negative, but should it be?
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The Strasburg Shutdown Debate (SSD) has grown out of control the last couple weeks. It’s gone from a local discussion to a national debate, with everyone from Ken Rosenthal to Rudy Giuliani offering worthless, straw man opinions that serve to only make SSD more insufferable.
But even more infuriating are the “baseball people” — former and current players, managers, etc....
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