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Strasburg’s Ending Was Scripted By MLB

Stephen Strasburg is legit. Forget what my previous post says, he threw 7 innings, gave up 4 hits, a 2-run HR, and had 14 K’s with 0 walks.

But either this game was scripted worse than “professional” wrestling or the MLB network can predict the future better than Miss Cleo. Let me set the stage for this one. The Nationals were down 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th. No one thought Strasburg would come back out to the mound for the next inning. Then with one on, Adam Dunn comes to the plate. And he launches one (good for me in the Home Run Derby), but as Dunn (his jersey number is 44) rounds third, check out the MLB scoreboard in the upper left.

And MLB network didn’t stop there, they updated the score to read 4-2.

Guess who the next batter is… Josh Willingham. Guess what he did… he hit a solo HR. WHAT!!! I knew I didn’t like the MLB network for a reason. They ruin the ending worse than Spoiler TV. I wouldn’t be surprised if they put a hit on the scoreboard before Jason Donald got his hit in Galarraga’s perfecto blunder.

This ranks right up there with the whole Santa Clause debacle. All this passion and time I put into this sport and I just found out that it the entire season is scripted. So MLB network just stop wasting my time already, please tell me who wins the world series this year. I’m sure you already know who wins the next 9 or 10. Oh, please fill out the rest of the year’s stats for every player too. I can pay the winner of the Home Run Derby a few months early.

Nationals Fan Base Multiplies 1000%

The Washington Nationals increased their fan base by 1000% this year by signing Stephen Strasburg. And now every fan is trying to get into the ballpark for tonights game against the Pirates (but you can still find tickets on Stub Hub at prices lower than I thought you would have to pay). Why? Well if you have been living under a rock for the past month, Stephen Strasburg is making is MLB debut tonight. Everyone is stating that this kid is the next coming of Noah. He’s here to take the Nationals sinking ship and turn it into a championship caliber team (and I mean everyone, John Kruk said on Baseball Tonight that this kid will be one of the best pitchers in the league… THIS YEAR).

With a line of 1.30ERA, 0.79WHIP, and 10.6 K/9IP in his brief minor league stint, there is no reason to think otherwise either. But, I believe there is too much hype going into this game. I do believe he is a great player… And he is facing the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, I think the pressure will get to him. I would project a line of 3 runs on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts while taking the loss. Now those numbers aren’t awful, but they aren’t elite like everyone is projecting Strasburg to be.

What do you guys think? Real deal or the next Ryan Leaf?

PS… for those hoping that Strasburg would be throwing to Bryce Harper in 2 years, I’m sorry to break your dreams, but Harper was announced as an OF in the draft and not a catcher. Still the Nationals are on the verge of building a dynasty that they won’t be able to afford in 5 years.