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Step Right Up, Buy Your Tickets To See The Pitching Machine

Have you watched the Nationals new machine pitch in its last two starts? If you haven’t seen either or even highlights, then you aren’t worthy to be reading this post. If you have only seen his second but not the first, you missed out on the best show. If you saw the first, you probably have to sleep with the lights on from the nightmares in the night.

During Stephen Strasburg’s second performance, he wasn’t awful by any means. But he didn’t have the 14 K’s and 0 BB like he had the first time. In fact, he had 5 BB but that wasn’t his fault. That fault lies on the Cleveland Indians grounds crew (he’s already demanding respect like a hall of famer… the ego is already larger than the 7000 sq. ft Yankee Stadium’s Hard Rock Cafe). In all seriousness, this kid looks good. When his command is perfect, he is un-hittable. When it’s slightly off, he still looks well above average. His 100 mph fastball compliments his 93 mph hard breaking changeup so well that it makes batters lock-up (Suppan’s fastball barely touches 93 at top speed and everyone can hit that).

I would like to invite everyone to start planning their summers around Strasburg’s starts. In fact, Obama should just go ahead and make every Strasburg start date a new national holiday (the kind of holiday where no one works but still receives pay). I’ve projected out Strasburg’s projected starts for the rest of the season. These dates assume that there will be no rain outs, no rotation changes, and the Nationals won’t mix the rotation up at the 4 day break for the All-star game.

I circled the game I will be attending, so if anyone wants to join me, hit me up.

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