Originally written October 13, 2012 on NESN.com:
The question was bound to come up. After the Cardinals knocked out the Nationals in Game 5 of their National League Division Series on� Friday, many wanted to know whether the series would have turned out differently if young Washington ace Stephen Strasburg had started Game 1 and Game 5. But Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo didn't want to re-visit his decision to shut down Strasburg for the season in September. Rizzo made the move then out of concern for the long-term health of Strasburg's elbow after the young pitcher returned this season from Tommy John surgery. "I'm not going to think about it," Rizzo told reporters. "We had a plan in mind. It was something we had from the beginning. I stand by my decision. We'll take the criticism as it comes, but we have to do what's best for the Washington Nationals. And we think we did." The Nationals were one strike away from eliminating the Cardinals in the ninth inning Friday night without Stras...
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