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Stephen Strasburg to debut on June 8 vs. Pirates

May 31, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

Strasburg debut.jpgIt’s finally official. After rampant speculation and anticipation, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of that 2009 first-round pick Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his major league debut on Tuesday, June 8 against the Pirates.

The 21-year-old right-hander has blown the doors off minor league
competition, going 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and a 60/12 K/BB ratio
through his first 10 professional starts. Naturally, the Nationals have been more than pleased with their record-breaking investment. And with his potential “Super Two” status no longer a concern, they are ready to set him loose on major league hitters.

“Along with [pitching coordinator] Spin Williams and pitching coach
Steve McCatty, we had a plan in place since Spring Training [for
Strasburg],” Rizzo said. “We believe he is ready to go. We like that
Stephen could bounce back from tough outings.”

But he isn’t bound for NatsTown quite yet. Strasburg is scheduled for one final tuneup with Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, where Rizzo said he is expected to throw six innings or 95 pitches.

And now time for a little experiment. I’m wondering how many fans who bought tickets to the widely-hyped June 4 game will actually show up to watch J.D Martin or somebody of similar ilk?

  1. Jonathan - May 31, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    I’m going to that June 4th game. A buddy and I bought tix a month or so ago as part of a two-game road trip weekend: Nats and Reds on Friday night, followed by BoSox and Orioles on Saturday night. I didn’t even consider the possibility that Strasburg might pitch that evening when we originally bought the tix, but I was beginning to get really excited thinking that I was going to witness a piece of history. Too bad!

  2. funi - May 31, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Strasburg 1st game stats:
    5 1/3 INN
    7 Hits
    4 Earned runs
    3 Walks
    5 K’s

  3. Dave - May 31, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    were are you comming from?

  4. Florida727 - Jun 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    I hope this guy can live up to the hype. The Nationals could use the infusion of excitement in their team. I say good for them. I hope it’s a televised game. ESPN?

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