The possibly imminent shutdown of Stephen Strasburg is one of the popular topics in Washington these days, but it won't come soon enough for the Miami Marlins.
The Nationals' young right-hander has thrown 27 consecutive scoreless innings against the Marlins, and he'll try to help Washington end a four-game slide in the opener of a two-game set in Miami on Tuesday night.
Strasburg (15-5, 2.85 ERA) is up to 145 1-3 innings for the season, and the organization's stance on protecting him has sparked a debate among fans and media.
General manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals (77-50) will shut down Strasburg for the season at some point, but won't divulge a timetable or a targeted number of innings. The club isn't concerned about outside opinions on the subject.
"It's really easy for the bloggers and the tweeters and all those people to say `Why don't you do this?' or 'We can do that. Get him out of the bullpen' and blah, blah, blah, blah,'' manager Davey Johnson said. "I've heard it...