Found March 22, 2012 on Sportaholics Anonymous:
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Stephen Strasburg has not earned the right to be the Opening Day Starter for the Washington Nationals. 

Not yet at least. 

Manager Davey Johnson bestowed this honor upon Stephen Strasburg because he is the team's most talented pitcher.  But this privilege could have been granted to other members of the staff:
  • Most Experienced Pitcher: Edwin Jackson.  The 28-year-old right hander is now playing for his seventh team in nine Major League seasons.  He has twice been dealt at the trade deadline during the season, including two different trades at last season's deadline.  He won a World Series ring last year with the St. Louis Cardinals.   
  • Most Accomplished Pitcher: Gio Gonzalez.  Acquired in a blockbuster off-season trade with the Oakland Athletics, Gonzalez made the All-Star team in 2011 as the ace of the A's pitching staff, while only 25 years old.  He finished the season at 16-12, with 197 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA, the 10th best ERA in the American League. 
  • Longest Tenured Pitcher: Jordan Zimmermann.  The trio of Strasburg, Jackson, and Gonzalez have played 17, 0, and 0 games for the Nationals, respectively.  Zimmermann has played 49 games for the Nationals, including 26 last season when he won 8 games, with 124 strikeouts and a 3.18 ERA.  That mark was also good for 10th in the National League. 
The honor of starting on Opening Day could have gone to any of these three pitchers instead of Stephen Strasburg.   But it should have gone to Jordan Zimmermann.  He is the only one of these four pitchers who was on the Nationals opening day roster in 2011.  The same was true in 2010.  Last season, limited to 160 innings while recovering from Tommy John surgery performed the year before, Zimmermann still managed to be the best starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals.  

And this season, Jordan Zimmermann will once again be the best starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals. 

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