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NYDCYankee
06-08-10, 08:15 AM
It begins tonight against Pittsburgh. What are your expectations for him tonight? The rest of the year?

I'll be in the stands at Nationals Park to witness it live. I feel kind of weird choosing to go see the Nationals play instead of going to see the Yankees play in Baltimore tonight, but hey, this is gonna be a special baseball moment.

26 and counting
06-08-10, 08:19 AM
Perfect game. Why not? It's already happened 2 and a half times in the past month!

Hitman23
06-08-10, 08:22 AM
I used an 11th round pick on this guy and sat on him for 2 months. I want Ubaldo Jiminez part 2. :lol:

BronxYanks45
06-08-10, 08:28 AM
expecting a quality start, 6.1IP 5H 1BB 4K 0ER

he'll leave a few mistakes since it is his first start

Tehasguard
06-08-10, 08:35 AM
6IP 6H 3BB 2ER,

definitly not better, maybe slightly worse... that's what I expect

sweet_lou_14
06-08-10, 08:53 AM
It begins tonight against Pittsburgh. What are your expectations for him tonight? The rest of the year?

I'll be in the stands at Nationals Park to witness it live. I feel kind of weird choosing to go see the Nationals play instead of going to see the Yankees play in Baltimore tonight, but hey, this is gonna be a special baseball moment.

Interesting that they schedule home games for both teams on the same night. I realize they're further apart than the NY, Chicago, and LA teams, but I thought generally speaking the Yankees and Mets never play at home at the same time.

Yankeesfan924
06-08-10, 09:42 AM
I expect a quality start. I mean, it is the Pirates...

Yankee Tripper
06-08-10, 12:12 PM
Does he have his induction cerimony before the game or after today?

Hitman23
06-08-10, 12:13 PM
CBS just posted he's on a 100 pitch limit today.

NYYDragoon
06-08-10, 12:46 PM
Does he have his induction cerimony before the game or after today?During the pregame, after they name the stadium after him.

CoyoteYankee
06-08-10, 12:53 PM
I heard that they are officially changing their name to:

"Washington Nationals Starring Stephen Strasburg"

At least it isn't any longer than the Angels' full name.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 01:03 PM
9 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 12 K

Anything less will be considered a complete disaster.

Hitman23
06-08-10, 01:05 PM
I hear his number is getting retired this afternoon.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 01:07 PM
CBS just posted he's on a 100 pitch limit today.

27 x 3 = 81.

That's all he'll need.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 01:09 PM
I heard that they are officially changing their name to:

"Washington Nationals Starring Stephen Strasburg"

At least it isn't any longer than the Angels' full name.

Update: Barack Obama has changed his allegiance to the Nationals and is renaming Washington, D.C. Strasburg.

They are now the Strasburg Nationals starring Stephen Strasburg.

Hitman23
06-08-10, 01:30 PM
Many people wear Superman pajamas and costumes. Superman wears a Strasburg jersey.

JeterRodriguezSheff
06-08-10, 01:41 PM
27 K game on 81 pitches. Anything less will be a disappointment.

swityak11
06-08-10, 01:41 PM
He's already being billed as the "next" Walter Johnson. Sports media is just hilariously bad.

JeterRodriguezSheff
06-08-10, 01:43 PM
27 x 3 = 81.

That's all he'll need.

Damn beat me too it.

Part of me wants him to excel. Talent like his is good for the game. The greedy part of me wants him to get lit up so the team who has him in my fantasy league drops him.

iiMax
06-08-10, 03:06 PM
I'm not expecting much.

4.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K.

NelsonMuntz
06-08-10, 03:17 PM
I got offered a free ticket for Strasburg's debut but I'm already going to see the Yankees in Baltimore tonight. Oh well, I'm sure I'll have plenty of other opportunities to see him pitch.

35Knucklecurve
06-08-10, 03:18 PM
Can they start selling his jersey before the 5th inning? ;)

JfromJersey
06-08-10, 03:26 PM
Update: Barack Obama has changed his allegiance to the Nationals and is renaming Washington, D.C. Strasburg.

They are now the Strasburg Nationals starring Stephen Strasburg.

and in a couple more years they'll be known as the Strasburg Harpers.

Rice14
06-08-10, 03:43 PM
I'm thinking of changing my user name to Strasburg1.50

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 03:57 PM
I expect Strasburg to strikeout all 27 batters he faces and then reveal himself to be a robot like in the Twilight Zone episode.

Yankee Fan in Boston
06-08-10, 03:59 PM
I heard they put him in the NL because if Ellsbury's bat touched a Strasburg pitch it would be like a matter/anti-matter collision and the planet would disintegrate

kan_t
06-08-10, 04:00 PM
I'm thinking of changing my user name to Strasburg1.50
No way he's better than Hughes. Hughes is going to break the Cy Young's career win record. Strasburg can get 400 wins at best.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 04:03 PM
I heard they put him in the NL because if Ellsbury's bat touched a Strasburg pitch it would be like a matter/anti-matter collision and the planet would disintegrate

I heard they're actually just clones of each other anyways. They entered the league a few years apart so no one would get suspicious.

Supposedly they spliced DNA from Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax, added Barry Bonds' steroids, then threw in a pinch of Chuck Norris DNA for some extra general awesomeness to create the DNA to make the clones from.

CoyoteYankee
06-08-10, 04:35 PM
I heard they put him in the NL because if Ellsbury's bat touched a Strasburg pitch it would be like a matter/anti-matter collision and the planet would disintegrate

:roflmao:

Brooklyn Yankee Fan
06-08-10, 04:46 PM
I heard they put him in the NL because if Ellsbury's bat touched a Strasburg pitch it would be like a matter/anti-matter collision and the planet would disintegrate

NYYFans Post of the month :lol: .

I expect a solid start. Not sure of a line, but it will be solid.

The treatment he is getting on MLBNetwork right now is unreal.

Brooklyn Yankee Fan
06-08-10, 05:30 PM
"This kid can stretch. That's the best toe stretch I've ever seen." :lol:

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 05:31 PM
I've never seen anything like this, it's a just a bit over the top haha.

fredgmuggs
06-08-10, 05:58 PM
Are any of the sports/baseball networks carrying the game tonight?

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:00 PM
Strasmania baby!!! Lets go!!

Perfect season or bust

1st time I have sat down to watch a Nationals/Expos game in years

CanoForPresident
06-08-10, 06:01 PM
Are any of the sports/baseball networks carrying the game tonight?

MLB Network

fredgmuggs
06-08-10, 06:02 PM
MLB Network
grazie

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:03 PM
Over/under 100 mph on his first pitch?

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:06 PM
line out...he sucks.

JeterRodriguezSheff
06-08-10, 06:07 PM
First pitch was a ball and only 97 mph, BUST!

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:07 PM
First pitch was a ball. Kid's never gonna live up to the hype. Just another bust.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:07 PM
the first pitch was a ball and the fans booed

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:08 PM
Send him back down.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:08 PM
99 mph.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:08 PM
I prefer 2007/2008 Joba ;)

JeterRodriguezSheff
06-08-10, 06:09 PM
WTF, he hasnt even K'd anybody yet.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:09 PM
First called strike=massive cheers

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:09 PM
Dirty hook. Owned Milledge.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:10 PM
Have to admit... that was a pretty sick curve.

And there's Strasburg's first career K.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:10 PM
That was sick sick sick sick...Their crowd is jacked like never before.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:10 PM
This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen

JeterRodriguezSheff
06-08-10, 06:10 PM
His curveball is about the same speed as the fastball of that Asian pitcher that used to pitch for the Orioles.

knickfan23
06-08-10, 06:11 PM
Gross.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:12 PM
Karstens is still alive? Who knew!!

JeterRodriguezSheff
06-08-10, 06:13 PM
Oh **** I had no idea Karstens was pitching today. He should be honored.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:14 PM
People now realize that Zimm is actually quite good.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:15 PM
People now realize that Zimm is actually quite good.

Probably the most underrated player in the game.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:17 PM
Probably the most underrated player in the game.

No way. That's Strasburg. He's so good that all this hype STILL makes him the most underrated player in the game.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:19 PM
Horizontal movement is tasty

2nd strikeout..blew him AWAY!!

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:19 PM
His FB has ridiculous movement for it's speed, good god.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:20 PM
He just threw a 90 mph change

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:20 PM
90 mph changeup :lol:

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:21 PM
Ridiculous.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:21 PM
omg...you see that breaking ball?!?! Goodness

followwind
06-08-10, 06:21 PM
Oh my.

That was a disgusting curve ball.

machphantom
06-08-10, 06:21 PM
Oh my god... Did you see that breaking ball?

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:22 PM
Stupid good curve

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:22 PM
No no hitter for Strasburg.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:22 PM
Oh screw that..the perfect game, gone.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:22 PM
OMG a single, DFA!

followwind
06-08-10, 06:23 PM
That curve ball was jst not fair. Bob Costas is right.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:23 PM
2 breaking balls..one kinda floats through the zone and the other spikes downwards.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:25 PM
His stuff is unreal

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:25 PM
Why are you allowed to lick your hand on the mound but not blow on your fingers?

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:25 PM
Stuff is too good and his command is too good. I am a believer.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:25 PM
All joking aside, this kid's got legit stuff. Who knows what he'll do with it? But the stuff is there.

b_joseph
06-08-10, 06:26 PM
His stuff is unrealIts like playing wii baseball. I havent see this since Pedro.

hardrain
06-08-10, 06:26 PM
Stasburg and Harper for years to come? More bad news for the Orioles.

followwind
06-08-10, 06:26 PM
His stuff is too good. And he is only what, 23?

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:27 PM
Its like playing wii baseball. I havent see this since Pedro.

Exactly what I thought.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:28 PM
His stuff is too good. And he is only what, 23?He will be 22 in July

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:29 PM
Pudge just hit a double

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:30 PM
Anybody know the PC for the kid? I know Riggleman said they weren't gonna let him throw 100 today.

BTW, I hate being old enough to actually call an MLB ballplayer a kid.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:32 PM
Anybody know the PC for the kid? I know Riggleman said they weren't gonna let him throw 100 today.

BTW, I hate being old enough to actually call an MLB ballplayer a kid.Just guessing but 75-85 seems likely to me.

a yankeesfan
06-08-10, 06:33 PM
Just guessing but 75-85 seems likely to me.
I thought the coaches said 100.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:33 PM
Just guessing but 75-85 seems likely to me.

I meant what he's at right now. I'm gonna log onto MLB Gameday to track it.

a yankeesfan
06-08-10, 06:34 PM
Sure he can throw 101 mph, but can he hit?

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:34 PM
I thought the coaches said 100.I'd be jacked

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:35 PM
I meant what he's at right now. I'm gonna log onto MLB Gameday to track it.30 pitches through 2 with 4 k's

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:36 PM
100 mph, he's lose now :p

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:37 PM
30 pitches through the first two for Strasburg; Costas says his limit is around 90 tonight.

machphantom
06-08-10, 06:37 PM
I know this is hard to fathom, but is this his ceiling? Is it possible he can get even quicker?

iiMax
06-08-10, 06:37 PM
His fastball is a bullet and his curve is like Burnett's. Changeup at 91 :lol:

a yankeesfan
06-08-10, 06:37 PM
He's already getting the veteran strike zone.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:38 PM
Yeah, he might have gotten a little help there. Hallion looked like he was really excited about Strasburg getting that K.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:38 PM
This kid works FAST

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:38 PM
That pitch was only 95, is he hurt?

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:38 PM
The changeup that hard looks like a splitter.

98mph for strike 3.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:39 PM
Nice play by Zimm.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:39 PM
Big play by Zimmerman

ChewieTobbacca
06-08-10, 06:40 PM
Must be nice facing AAAA-Pittsburgh

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 06:41 PM
3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 6 K so far for Strasburg.

The whole line is very impressive, but for a kid making his career debut at home in front of a sold-out crowd with that hype, the 0 BB may be the most impressive.

followwind
06-08-10, 06:41 PM
Must be nice facing AAAA-Pittsburgh
Um, and your point is?

ChewieTobbacca
06-08-10, 06:42 PM
Um, and your point is?

Good team to build confidence against in your MLB debut

continentalg5
06-08-10, 06:43 PM
He has a Mark Buehrle type pace.

It's still early, but this guy looks good.

machphantom
06-08-10, 06:43 PM
Um, and your point is?
He could be facing any team in baseball tonight. It wouldn't matter.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:43 PM
Good team to build confidence against in your MLB debut

True, and I'm sure that's why they picked the Pirates to start him against, but just look at the stuff itself, it's boderline not human.

followwind
06-08-10, 06:45 PM
Good team to build confidence against in your MLB debut
That's still a MLB team though.

And it's not like he is the first rookie ever to start against a crap team ;)

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:45 PM
Lol at the Strasburg thread having more posts than the Yanks game thread

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:50 PM
Someone on SOSH:


That curveball would have struck out God.

hahaha.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 06:58 PM
Whoops.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 06:59 PM
OMG he's human.

Kluivert4Ever
06-08-10, 07:00 PM
Being outpitched by Jeff Karstens I see?

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 07:14 PM
101 mph fastball, holy crap.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-08-10, 07:14 PM
MASN had that fastball to Karstens at 101

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 07:16 PM
MASN had that fastball to Karstens at 101

MLB Gameday had the fastballs to Karstens all at 98 or 99.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 07:16 PM
MASN had that fastball to Karstens at 101

So did gameday. On his 70th pitch. Wow.

pleasepassthesoup
06-08-10, 07:26 PM
This kid pitching for the Nats looks like he might have a place in the big leagues.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 07:27 PM
What's the record for Ks for a first start in the MLB?

11 K good god.

teknetic
06-08-10, 07:28 PM
Those curveballs to 'Cutch were..

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 07:34 PM
Dunn gives Strasburg the chance for a win with a CRUSHED homer.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 07:48 PM
103?!

teknetic
06-08-10, 07:50 PM
Good lord.

Edit: Holy %#$

a yankeesfan
06-08-10, 07:50 PM
Holy crap 13 K's

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 07:51 PM
This kid is special.

Carbon Fiber
06-08-10, 07:51 PM
Wow... that variety of pitches combined with the command/control/velocity... wow

a yankeesfan
06-08-10, 07:51 PM
He's the best pitcher in baseball

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 07:51 PM
This is insane.

Yankee Tripper
06-08-10, 07:51 PM
wow, just wow

swityak11
06-08-10, 07:52 PM
Haha. This was so sick.

knickfan23
06-08-10, 07:52 PM
When is he a FA?

Joba, Montero and filler for him. Baby!

:D

fredgmuggs
06-08-10, 07:53 PM
So this is where Hazel Mae is these days

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 07:53 PM
That was honestly one of the best pitched games I've ever watched.

dabomb2045
06-08-10, 07:53 PM
Holy crap. His stuff is so good it should be illegal.

Norge
06-08-10, 07:54 PM
I only saw the sixth and seventh... but holy ................ing .................

DRobertsonNYY
06-08-10, 07:54 PM
jeezus, this is what baseball is all about.

just look at that atmosphere. i love it. just love it.

dabomb2045
06-08-10, 07:56 PM
jeezus, this is what baseball is all about.

just look at that atmosphere. i love it. just love it.

I was excited to see that park like that. The Expos/Nats have been so bad for so long....its amazing how one player can just pump so much life into a fanbase.

DEAF
06-08-10, 07:56 PM
WOW!

14Ks?! OMFG!

bobby jr
06-08-10, 07:56 PM
His stuff is good, great fastball and curve.

But he is going against the Pittsburgh Pirates not the Yankees or Red Sox.
They waited until they faced the weakest link to start the kid. Let's see what he does when he faces St Louis and Pujols.

JDPNYY
06-08-10, 07:58 PM
I still think the Nationals should have taken Dustin Ackley with that first pick.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 07:59 PM
His stuff is good, great fastball and curve.

But he is going against the Pittsburgh Pirates not the Yankees or Red Sox. They waited until they faced the weakest link to start the kid. Let's see what he does when he faces St Louis and Pujols.

The 0 walks is one of the most impressive things about this outing, although the 14 Ks may have surpassed it for the most impressive. Bad team or not, these are still big league hitters, and 14 Ks in 7 innings is very impressive for a kid making his big league debut.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 07:59 PM
He looked like vintage Pedro out there.

DiMaggio5CF
06-08-10, 08:01 PM
Strasburg is out and Clippard is in.

EDIT: So the former Yankees comes in for the future Yankee.

swityak11
06-08-10, 08:01 PM
Those last couple of innings were like Pedro in the 99 All Star game.

yankeesAZ
06-08-10, 08:06 PM
That went above and beyond living up to the hype.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 08:07 PM
He'll be facing the Indians next, hahahaha.

JDPNYY
06-08-10, 08:08 PM
He'll be facing the Indians next, hahahaha.

He also gets the Orioles in a couple of weeks.

He'll feel like he's back in Double A facing the last place team in that game.

Carbon Fiber
06-08-10, 08:09 PM
He also gets the Orioles in a couple of weeks.

He'll feel like he's back in Double A facing the last place team in that game.

The Orioles are still in the ML? I thought they were relegated??

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 08:11 PM
He also gets the Orioles in a couple of weeks.

He'll feel like he's back in Double A facing the last place team in that game.

I think he misses the Orioles unfortunately, I was gonna go but by my count he'll miss them by one day.

hardrain
06-08-10, 08:12 PM
Ubaldo
Strasburg
Lincecum
Holliday

big trouble for the A.L. in the All Star game for years to come.

JohnnyDamonfan
06-08-10, 08:13 PM
His stuff is good, great fastball and curve.

But he is going against the Pittsburgh Pirates not the Yankees or Red Sox.
They waited until they faced the weakest link to start the kid. Let's see what he does when he faces St Louis and Pujols.

Unfortunately the Yankees have been doing so bad against good pitching offense wise I honestly think Strasberg could have kept us score less for 7 or 8 innings unfortunately. This kid has amazing talent.

cyhughes22
06-08-10, 08:14 PM
I hope 2 things for this kid. 1) That he stays healthy because he has a golden arm. 2) That he never in life pitches for the Red Sox, Phillies, or Mets.

hardrain
06-08-10, 08:15 PM
.


They waited until they faced the weakest link to start the kid.

No, he doesn't face the Orioles until later in the month.

teknetic
06-08-10, 08:17 PM
His stuff is good, great fastball and curve.

But he is going against the Pittsburgh Pirates not the Yankees or Red Sox.
They waited until they faced the weakest link to start the kid. Let's see what he does when he faces St Louis and Pujols.

Please stop using the internet.

bobby jr
06-08-10, 08:19 PM
He also gets the Orioles in a couple of weeks.

He'll feel like he's back in Double A facing the last place team in that game.

Disagree. The Orioles have more legitimate hitters than Pittsburgh. I'd bet Wieters and Markakis would have a good chance of turning that heat around. Jones is a good fastball hitter with power.
Maybe Brian Roberts too if he were back.

I doubt the O's would have whiffed 14 times.
The Pirates were the easiest mark for Strasburg and that is why they picked this game.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 08:20 PM
Ubaldo
Strasburg
Lincecum
Holliday

big trouble for the A.L. in the All Star game for years to come.


Luckily we should be able to get to him pretty easily ;)

fredgmuggs
06-08-10, 08:21 PM
Show of hands - who thinks bobby jr doesn't believe a word that he writes?

HelloNewman
06-08-10, 08:21 PM
Disagree. The Orioles have more legitimate hitters than Pittsburgh. I'd bet Wieters and Markakis would have a good chance of turning that heat around. Jones is a good fastball hitter with power.
Maybe Brian Roberts too if he were back.

I doubt the O's would have whiffed 14 times.
The Pirates were the easiest mark for Strasburg and that is why they picked this game.Some-body's jeal-ous. :lol:

hardrain
06-08-10, 08:22 PM
Luckily we should be able to get to him pretty easily ;)

right. sorry. of course I meant Halliday.....:(

JohnnyDamonfan
06-08-10, 08:22 PM
I hope 2 things for this kid. 1) That he stays healthy because he has a golden arm. 2) That he never in life pitches for the Red Sox, Phillies, or Mets.

I don't mind if he pitches for either of those 3 teams as long as he isn't the same Stephen. And if he is the same Stephen Nats are gonna trade everybody on that team except for maybe Bryce to hold on to Stephen. So if he pitches this way he's gonna be in Washington his whole career.

JDPNYY
06-08-10, 08:23 PM
Disagree. The Orioles have more legitimate hitters than Pittsburgh. I'd bet Wieters and Markakis would have a good chance of turning that heat around. Jones is a good fastball hitter with power.
Maybe Brian Roberts too if he were back.

I doubt the O's would have whiffed 14 times.
The Pirates were the easiest mark for Strasburg and that is why they picked this game.

Probably woulda whiffed 18 times.

DEADSOX
06-08-10, 08:24 PM
Show of hands - who thinks bobby jr doesn't believe a word that he writes?

It honestly can't be possible. I've come to the point why I wonder why people even respond to him.

bobby jr
06-08-10, 08:24 PM
Some-body's jeal-ous. :lol:

Maybe a little bit. Strasburg would look good in an Orioles uniform. ;)

ppa79
06-08-10, 08:31 PM
I remember when we had a guy who could hit 100 mph. I don't know what happened to him. :(

YanksFan1992
06-08-10, 08:41 PM
Good lord.

With him and Harper in the fold, the Nationals might actually become a decent team in the next few years (especially if they're willing to spend a good amount of money in free agency).

Rocketman
06-08-10, 08:46 PM
No, he doesn't face the Orioles until later in the month.

I must admit I laughed so hard my drink spilled out of my mouth.

False1
06-08-10, 08:51 PM
Maybe a little bit. Strasburg would look good in an Orioles uniform. ;)They even suck at sucking. Can't even suck their way into the first pick in the draft. They need to spend more time working on sucking.

BroadwayBomber55
06-08-10, 09:01 PM
What a debut.

JDPNYY
06-08-10, 09:02 PM
What a debut.


^ post of the year.

BroadwayBomber55
06-08-10, 09:09 PM
Probably woulda whiffed 18 times.
Nah 20.

JeterRodriguezSheff
06-08-10, 09:15 PM
Disagree. The Orioles have more legitimate hitters than Pittsburgh. I'd bet Wieters and Markakis would have a good chance of turning that heat around. Jones is a good fastball hitter with power.
Maybe Brian Roberts too if he were back.

I doubt the O's would have whiffed 14 times.
The Pirates were the easiest mark for Strasburg and that is why they picked this game.

WTF would make you think that? Weiters .240 average on the season? Markakis' 3 HR on the season? Mccutchen is better than any hitter the Orioles have in their lineup right now, and he looked foolish.

Face it the Nationals have quite possibly the most legendary pitcher in our lifetimes while the Orioles still suck really bad and their top prospects arent doing ****.

geoffman
06-08-10, 09:17 PM
Kid can pitch. No doubt.

R.V.47
06-08-10, 09:51 PM
I remember when we had a guy who could hit 100 mph. I don't know what happened to him. :(

If Strasburg was drafted by the yankees hed be throwing 90-92 right now and would probably end up in the bullpen.

NYDCYankee
06-08-10, 10:14 PM
Just got back from the game. He was flat out awesome.

Nationals Park had a playoff atmosphere tonight. It was pretty incredible.

I will gladly pass over my hard earned money to go see him pitch again.

wexy
06-08-10, 10:20 PM
Must've been cool. He looked awesome and composed as well.

NYDCYankee
06-08-10, 10:22 PM
I know this is crazy, but did it look like on TV that he was getting squeezed at all, early in the game?

Derek2HOF
06-08-10, 10:24 PM
My lord this kid's stuff is FILTHY! The curve, the late break on the fastball. He should be banned. One game, I know ... Pirates, I know ... but this kid's stuff is legit! The umpire was going into convulsions punching guys out! 14-0 K/BB ratio. Impressive.

TheGameEpisode2
06-08-10, 11:10 PM
It didn't matter who he pitched against, his stuff is absolutely filthy. A changeup at 91 with that much movement with a 100 MPH fastball? That's insane.

DRobertsonNYY
06-08-10, 11:27 PM
I know this is crazy, but did it look like on TV that he was getting squeezed at all, early in the game?

Early in the game he was very wild. There was a call or two that was questionable, but most of them were good calls.

ICEBERG18
06-08-10, 11:31 PM
That boy is cold.

NYYDragoon
06-08-10, 11:31 PM
It didn't matter who he pitched against, his stuff is absolutely filthy. A changeup at 91 with that much movement with a 100 MPH fastball? That's insane.His stuff will stay the same, but it will be interesting to see how it affects a real major league lineup.

BigCheese
06-08-10, 11:32 PM
Wow, he lives up the hype. It's like watching LeBron score 25 points in his first game. (I hope we can get a "countdown till he comes to NY" for him, too)

The most important stat here is the 0 walks... the kids got nerves of steel. All the hype, and he still manages to control his 101 MPH fastball.

With that much pressure, I don't even think I could go to the bathroom without missing.

NYDCYankee
06-08-10, 11:41 PM
Early in the game he was very wild. There was a call or two that was questionable, but most of them were good calls.

That is actually what I figured. I turned to my buddy who I was sitting with and said that he really was cruising early in the game but didn't seem to have good command. But man he got that command back.

Huktonfonix
06-09-10, 12:23 AM
Living in Pittsburgh, my phone blew up during this game. Every text was some variation of "is Pittsburgh this bad, or is Strasburg this good?"

My response to every one was "Pittsburgh sucks because of their runs against, they have some decent hitters for the NL. Strasburg is this good, and that curve is disgusting."

kan_t
06-09-10, 12:38 AM
Pedro came to mind when I watched his game. Illegal stuff. I hope he can stay healthy.

kan_t
06-09-10, 12:59 AM
It's a scary thought. But watching the highlight again and Nolan Ryan, instead of Pedro, came to my mind. 100MPH heaters with a dominant curve. And Strasburg has command. :eek:

TheYankee
06-09-10, 01:17 AM
I used an 11th round pick on this guy and sat on him for 2 months. I want Ubaldo Jiminez part 2. :lol:Good God. You raked tonight.

NYDCYankee
06-09-10, 02:52 AM
Boswell (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/08/AR2010060806114.html?hpid=skybox)

ojo
06-09-10, 07:31 AM
He looked like vintage Pedro out there.


pedro's stuff doesn't even touch what this kid has. pedro, with a collection of 'good' pitches, was so effective because he hid what he was doing with the ball. they were wondering if strasburg was even tipping his pitches - but it didn't matter. cuz it was just that comically overpowering.

i mean, pedro/prime stuff is ridiculous, but that's because he was such a complete pitcher with his craft.

last night you saw a raw pitcher whose stuff just set records.

DEADSOX
06-09-10, 07:50 AM
pedro's stuff doesn't even touch what this kid has. pedro, with a collection of 'good' pitches, was so effective because he hid what he was doing with the ball. they were wondering if strasburg was even tipping his pitches - but it didn't matter. cuz it was just that comically overpowering.

i mean, pedro/prime stuff is ridiculous, but that's because he was such a complete pitcher with his craft.

last night you saw a raw pitcher whose stuff just set records.

I didn't mean so much "stuff" wise as I did as complete domination of the lineup. Their curveballs are fairly similar looking from what I remember, Pedro's might have had a little more of a spike and was a few mph lower, obviously the fastball wasn't as hard, but Pedro would dial it up to 96/97. Pedro's hard stuff didn't move as much as this kids does, but Pedro's changeup obviously was otherwordly.


His stuff will stay the same, but it will be interesting to see how it affects a real major league lineup.

I think he might have made the 1927 Yankees look silly last night at certain points.

35Knucklecurve
06-09-10, 08:06 AM
I never thought I'd see any pitcher render hitters as helpless as Koufax did, but this kid is off the charts. He's got the mental makeup to go with it too. Also, I really like his mechanics. For a guy who's 6'4", he stays compact - no arms and legs flying all over the place.

His next start is in Cleveland and around 10:00 last night, the phones in the ticket office were walking across the floor and the team website almost crashed from people trying to order on-line.

BRNXBMRS
06-09-10, 08:10 AM
Welcome to the bigs.

Hitman23
06-09-10, 08:16 AM
Good God. You raked tonight.Yes, yes I did. Although Niemann actually outscored him with his gem last night.

I love the MLB Network for broadcasting this game. I got to sit and watch the entire performance this dude put on. I'm still in awe of how he was not only able to compose himself with all the pressure on him, he absolutely dominated after he let up his first big league home run. I know it was just the Pirates but seriously I agree with those who say he would have been sending batters from any MLB team back to their dugout last night confused.

mjdlight
06-09-10, 08:24 AM
Yes, yes I did. Although Niemann actually outscored him with his gem last night.

I love the MLB Network for broadcasting this game. I got to sit and watch the entire performance this dude put on. I'm still in awe of how he was not only able to compose himself with all the pressure on him, he absolutely dominated after he let up his first big league home run. I know it was just the Pirates but seriously I agree with those who say he would have been sending batters from any MLB team back to their dugout last night confused.
Yes, and KUDOS to the MLB Network for Costas and Kaat.

What I would give to have those guys as our YES Network broadcasting team...or even the FOX broadcasting team.

Hitman23
06-09-10, 08:28 AM
I felt kind of bad prioritizing the Nats game and only flipping to the Yankees game from time to time but I did not want to pass up the chance to watch history. And I had sportsline on my lap top next to me so I knew what was going on. :cool:

35Knucklecurve
06-09-10, 08:38 AM
I felt kind of bad prioritizing the Nats game and only flipping to the Yankees game from time to time but I did not want to pass up the chance to watch history. And I had sportsline on my lap top next to me so I knew what was going on. :cool:
Hey, I did the same thing. I watched the Nats when the Pirates were up and then switched over to the Yankees. Unfortunately, Pittsburgh's half of the inning didn't last long, so I missed a lot of the NY game. They were giving updates on Strasburg anyway.

You know you've arrived in The Show when they've already got an item named after you on the menu at a local restaurant - the Strasburger. I can't wait to try one - hope they don't serve it at 101mph or it falls off the table when reach for it. :lol:

THEBOSS84
06-09-10, 08:39 AM
I will never forgive myself for not seeing one pitch from last night's game.

YankeePride1967
06-09-10, 08:42 AM
So, when will the press conference be to announce his signing with the Yankees?

LazyEyeLou
06-09-10, 08:44 AM
90 mph changeup :lol:

Somewhere in Baltimore, Javy Vazquez is sobbing into his pillow.

delv
06-09-10, 08:52 AM
Boswell (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/08/AR2010060806114.html?hpid=skybox)


"I remember the first pitch -- a ball inside. Everything else is just a blur. I didn't even know what inning it was at one point," said Strasburg, who used no scouting report, but will next time.

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

LazyEyeLou
06-09-10, 08:55 AM
I will never forgive myself for not seeing one pitch from last night's game.

All 14 strikeouts here (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8807669).

ojo
06-09-10, 09:08 AM
i DVR'd last night's game so that i could watch it after returning from the Yanks/O's game at OPCY.

i got home, cracked a beer, fast-forward-watched it within 30 minutes, and then deleted it.

i immediately regretted that last step in my sequence..

THEBOSS84
06-09-10, 09:10 AM
All 14 strikeouts here (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8807669).

Thank you.

destelle
06-09-10, 09:26 AM
I felt kind of bad prioritizing the Nats game and only flipping to the Yankees game from time to time but I did not want to pass up the chance to watch history. And I had sportsline on my lap top next to me so I knew what was going on. :cool:

:D I kinda felt a little bad, too.
But it was super exciting and it didn't disappoint.
I don't normally get that excited about other team's players - but that was really something...

JavyVazquezIsSick
06-09-10, 09:31 AM
So happy I drafted this fool.

teknetic
06-09-10, 09:46 AM
I'm actually terrified of how badly the Yankees would f..... him up if he came up through this system.

YESSIR!
06-09-10, 09:47 AM
I felt a twang of guilt as I settled in to watch The Iceburg pitch last night, ignoring a Phil Hughes start for the first time this season. That didn't last very long. By the second inning on was on my feet working the DVR like never before. Dude was absolutely incredible. This is going to be fun.

LazyEyeLou
06-09-10, 09:47 AM
It's a crime if they don't put this guy in the pen. He'd be the best 7th/8th inning guy we've seen in a long time, and maybe eventually a closer.

Yankee Fan in Boston
06-09-10, 09:50 AM
I'm actually terrified of how badly the Yankees would f..... him up if he came up through this system.

He might not have even needed to be in the system.

b_joseph
06-09-10, 09:50 AM
^ Nats are dumb. They'll let him become a Cy Young candiate instead of a Rolaids relief candidate. Stupid club.

Every 5 days, I think I might actually miss a Yankee game. At least until the games become really important.

kan_t
06-09-10, 09:51 AM
It's a crime if they don't put this guy in the pen. He'd be the best 7th/8th inning guy we've seen in a long time, and maybe eventually a closer.
He doesn't have the bulldog mentality.

NYYRules#1
06-09-10, 10:14 AM
I'm actually terrified of how badly the Yankees would f..... him up if he came up through this system.

Junkballer reliever topping out at 93 FTW! ;)

35Knucklecurve
06-09-10, 10:44 AM
He said they didn't go over the line-up at all - just told him to just go out there and have fun. We might be on to something here. ;)

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100608&content_id=10944784&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb


"I was just going to go out there and have fun," Strasburg said. "It's kind of amazing. It's kind of like when you get married and everything. You kind of want to go into it and really remember everything. Once it's done, you don't remember a single thing."

Yankeesfan924
06-09-10, 10:53 AM
He's ok, I guess. Not worth his contract though.

kan_t
06-09-10, 10:58 AM
He's ok, I guess. Not worth his contract though.
Considering his performance, the park attendance and the attention to the team, he is definitely worth his contract IMO.

Yankeeah
06-09-10, 11:09 AM
He's ok, I guess. Not worth his contract though.

Between tickets, concessions and merchandise, the Nationals will make up that contract in like 8-9 home starts all the while getting the best pitcher to wear a Nationals uniform.

DEADSOX
06-09-10, 11:12 AM
I have a feeling Yankeesfan924 is being sarcastic. At least I hope so...

yanke26
06-09-10, 11:18 AM
This town is going crazy over the kid. I was so worried about all the hype but he actually surpassed it. I didn't think it was possible.

Hitman23
06-09-10, 11:22 AM
You think Morneau is impressed by his 100mph fastball in the 7th inning?

Yankeesfan924
06-09-10, 11:44 AM
I have a feeling Yankeesfan924 is being sarcastic. At least I hope so...

Naturally.

I considered putting a [/sarcasm] tag, but I thought it was obvious. Oh well :(

MooseDaGun
06-09-10, 11:47 AM
It's a crime if they don't put this guy in the pen. He'd be the best 7th/8th inning guy we've seen in a long time, and maybe eventually a closer.
That 104mph fastball combined with that slurve...Mariano would retire on the spot out of embarrassment.

BronxYanks45
06-09-10, 11:48 AM
a heck of a debug, move over Roy Halladay the NL has a new ace.

if the Nats get a decent pen they soon make the NL East as competitive as the AL East

MooseDaGun
06-09-10, 11:51 AM
Considering his performance, the park attendance and the attention to the team, he is definitely worth his contract IMO.
No question. It's also why they should hand Harper a blank check as well.

Beccash18
06-09-10, 12:08 PM
When Strasburg came to Syracuse for his first AAA start he sold out the stadium. That's something that hadn't happened in the history of the stadium. All his starts there were sell-outs or near sell-outs. Alliance Bank Stadium opened in 1997. Of course when you were the AAA team of the Toronto Blue Jays and they sucked it's to be expected that no one will show up.

Syracuse made the right choice by picking the Nationals when their last contract was up. Right now they're leading the International League. They could have picked the Mets.

Hobie
06-09-10, 01:17 PM
He only hit 101mph...Verlander used to do that in his sleep. Not impressed ;)

Honestly, that was ridiculously entertaining and I can't wait to watch his next start.

Vazquez
06-09-10, 01:23 PM
Strasburg = velocity fail

ToneinTO
06-09-10, 02:22 PM
I'm not ready to reserve a spot for him in Cooperstown yet, but this kid is the real deal.

NYDCYankee
06-09-10, 05:19 PM
No question. It's also why they should hand Harper a blank check as well.

With the money that the Nats will make of Strasburg in just this year, the liklihood of the Nats giving Harper whatever he wants will shoot up.

This will be a baseball town.

DEADSOX
06-09-10, 05:22 PM
I have a friend that's a big Nats (Expos) fan, been for a long time, and she's getting pissed b/c she's already noticed a huge increase in bandwagon fans in Va. haha. This is gonna be a real good team in a few years.

2PhonesMaccabee
06-09-10, 06:24 PM
There is no one at Nats Park tonite.

fredgmuggs
06-09-10, 06:45 PM
There is no one at Nats Park tonite.
just like the Orioles game tonight

DaBliz
06-09-10, 06:48 PM
It's rare that someone lives up to the hype. I don't know if Strasburg is going to be the best pitcher of the next 20 years or just very good but I'm just glad he's going to be terrorizing the NL East and not our division.

Between him and Harper? Wow. The Nats would have to be extremely stupid to mess this up.

Yankeesfan924
06-09-10, 11:31 PM
It's rare that someone lives up to the hype. I don't know if Strasburg is going to be the best pitcher of the next 20 years or just very good but I'm just glad he's going to be terrorizing the NL East and not our division.

Between him and Harper? Wow. The Nats would have to be extremely stupid to mess this up.

This is the same franchise who traded Pedro for Carl Pavano...

Sultans of Swing
06-10-10, 02:08 AM
Sweet baby Jesus, the clips from that game honestly have me laughing out loud. That's not human stuff. That's what happens when you're pitching as Randy Johnson from 2003 or so in a videogame set on easy. If his stuff was any nastier he'd be throwing one pitch "Bugs Bunny" strikeouts. :eek:

JeterRodriguezSheff
06-10-10, 02:10 AM
This is the same franchise who traded Pedro for Carl Pavano...

No way the Nationals would trade Strasburg. I bet you even if Cashman called up and offered something insane like Hughes and Cano they would reject.

Look at how empty the park was today, and how everybody pretty much left after he was taken out in his debut. That guy is their big draw, and he only has one start at the major league level.

conkermaniac
06-10-10, 02:32 AM
This is the same franchise who traded Pedro for Carl Pavano...

...which was a great trade. Pedro was a year away from free agency, and the Expos knew they weren't going to be able to re-sign him, so they traded him away for young talent, which included Pavano, Tony Armas Jr., and (I think) Tomo Ohka. None of these prospects really panned out, but it was a risk worth taking, given that the cost was one year of Pedro during a non-contending year.

NYDCYankee
06-10-10, 05:12 AM
Look at how empty the park was today, and how everybody pretty much left after he was taken out in his debut. That guy is their big draw, and he only has one start at the major league level.

That's actually not totally true, some people did leave, but I was kind of shocked to see how many people stayed after Stras was pulled. Probably helped that the game was a quick one.

But you are right. He is way too important to the franchise.

Which is why Steve Phillips suggestion that the Nationals should trade Strasburg for Roy Oswalt so absolutely ridiculous.

yanke26
06-10-10, 09:04 AM
People didn't leave after Strasburg was done. Where'd anyone get that?

NelsonMuntz
06-10-10, 10:26 AM
This is the same franchise who traded Pedro for Carl Pavano...
Completely different ownership and circumstances.

TheGameEpisode2
06-10-10, 10:39 AM
They should make him into a reliever so fans could see him every day!

...Bad idea?

Hitman23
06-10-10, 10:42 AM
They should make him into a reliever so fans could see him every day!

...Bad idea?Or they can use the sh*t out of him, milk every pitch they can out of his arm and then let him go when they can no longer afford him in free agency so another team can deal with the injury. Like Seattle is doing to Felix.

THEBOSS84
06-10-10, 10:45 AM
Or they can use the sh*t out of him, milk every pitch they can out of his arm and then let him go when they can no longer afford him in free agency so another team can deal with the injury. Like Seattle is doing to Felix.

Seattle signed Felix to an extension before this season that looks like this:


$3.5M signing bonus
10:$6.5M, 11:$10M, 12:$18.5M, 13:$19.5M, 14:$20M

Hitman23
06-10-10, 11:16 AM
Seattle signed Felix to an extension before this season that looks like this:

$3.5M signing bonus
10:$6.5M, 11:$10M, 12:$18.5M, 13:$19.5M, 14:$20MAnd they're using the sh*t out of him so he'll be dead by the end of it. So I was partially right. eh? no? oh well.

Sorry I forgot about his contract. :lol:

Joba-Walkee
06-10-10, 11:35 AM
This is the same franchise who traded Pedro for Carl Pavano...
The Red Sox are the same franchise that traded Babe Ruth for cash.

teknetic
06-10-10, 01:17 PM
The Red Sox are the same franchise that traded Babe Ruth for cash.

After their '09 off-season, I agree.

GordonGecko
06-10-10, 02:26 PM
I'm actually terrified of how badly the Yankees would f..... him up if he came up through this system.
The Strasburg rules: only 50 pitches allowed on odd days of the month unless it's an odd month which means you only get 20 pitches, but can go 75 if it's an even day unless it's cloudy and a Thursday. And if it's the 5th inning you're not allowed to throw more than 25% in the strike zone and have to stretch your arm after every 2.5 pitches, and if you don't memorize all those rules, STRAIGHT TO THE PEN!!!

GordonGecko
06-10-10, 02:34 PM
He's ok, I guess. Not worth his contract though.
Yeah, $400,000 is way too much to pay him this year to quadruple TV ratings and sell out every game he plays in (not to mention apparel sales)

LK8592
06-10-10, 02:45 PM
Seemed like a -semi- fitting place to put this since Strasburg is mentioned a few times in the article. Year of the Pitcher, http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=johnson/100610

What jumped out at me was him throwing Josh Becketts name in with Maddux and Glavine. But this is ESPN it shouldnt surprise me that they take every chance to promote the sox

Jax Teller
06-10-10, 11:08 PM
If he was a Yankee, he'd be topping out at 92 by now.

NYDCYankee
06-11-10, 01:53 AM
People didn't leave after Strasburg was done. Where'd anyone get that?

Nobody said that no one left. Some people did leave. All I said was that I was surprised how many people actually stayed once he had left the game. The stadium didn't empty out or anything, I would say there was still about 35k still in the stadium at the end of the game.

False1
06-11-10, 02:38 AM
What does everyone figure the over/under is for K's in his next start?