Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 8/16/13
A year ago at about this time the debate began to heat up amongst baseball fans, writers and really anyone who cared about baseball. The Washington Nationals were well on their way to winning the NL East and had, by all accounts, the best team in the National League at that time. A big part of their success was SDSU product Stephen Strasburg. Unfortunately for Nationals fans, Strasburg was coming off Tommy John surgery and the Nationals brass were very clear that he would be shut down prior to the playoffs. It’s one thing to say that in April if you don’t think you are going to make the playoffs. It’s quite another to be staring a #1 seed in the playoffs in the face and shutting down your best pitcher. But they did it. The Nationals didn’t make it out of the NLDS. In their defense, Strasburg remains very healthy (and just pitched his first complete game). Now, Andrew Cashner is not Strasburg. And the Padres, barring some kind of miracle run (and frankly, it’d be nice to be on the o...
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