When talking about sports people always like to bring up ‘times’–’this is our time‘, ‘the time to win is now’, ‘it’s time to make major moves’ etc, but if ever a team was having their quote unquote ‘time‘ surely it’s the Washington Nationals. The Nationals have been a floundering expansion team that’s been relying on developing their farm and drafting well in hopes of one day having enough talent to make a real push. While the experts have been making bold predictions about them finally making it to a playoff, this year the Nationals are in line to win 100 games and have a league best’s 69-43 record.
So you can kind of start to imagine Nationals fan’s chagrin when their GM Mike Rizzo came out and said that in order to keep Strasburg healthy he’d put to a strict innings pitched limit of 180, then shut down for the year. Ok, initially that sounds a lot worse then when you break it down: if Strasburg pitched 6 innings in every start he has while being skipped here and there,