Originally written on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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In perhaps the least surprising announcement of spring training, Davey Johnson has officially named Stephen Strasburg as the Nationals Opening Day starter. Even before the official announcement, it was a foregone conclusion that he would start the game on April 1 against Ricky Nolasco and the Miami Marlins at home. Marlins manager Mike Redmond already named Nolasco their Opening Day starter about a week ago in the middle of a pitching change. It will be the first time Strasburg starts an Opening Day game at home since last year’s season opener was at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Strasburg has always had plenty of confidence in his ability, and he showed the guys on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” yesterday just how confident he is. When asked who he’d like to face least with a runner at third and a one run lead, Strasburg came back, “That’s tough. I’m not really scared of anybody.” Well, then. He did give some kudos to an opponent he’ll be facing on Opening Day, though. He continued, "But I think a guy who would say he’s had pretty good success early on is probably Giancarlo Stanton. He’s got a lot of power, but, you know what? I throw it pretty hard too, so let’s see how far he could hit it.” This is what we’d call “brimming with confidence,” wouldn’t you?
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