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Stephen Strasburg fans eight in second MLB start

Jun 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

strasburg first road start.jpgNationals phenom Stephen Strasburg just completed his second major league start, a strong 5.1-inning performance on the road against the Indians.

He served up a home run, just as he did in his impressive 14-strikeout debut last week.  He also walked five batters, showing a lack of control that he never once displayed while tearing through the minor leagues.  But Strasburg still flashed impressive velocity and movement, and now boasts 22 strikeouts through his first 12.1 innings of Major League Baseball.  He allowed only two hits.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com tracked Strasburg’s fastball throughout the day and found nine pitches of 100 MPH, 31 at 98 MPH or higher and 40 at 97 MPH and above.  The 21-year-old was bringing heat yet again and departed with a 6-1 lead.  He’s in line for his second consecutive victory and will finish the day 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA if the Nats are able to hang on.

Strasburg’s arrival has not only been good for the Nationals, but also the cities he will pitch in over the remaining months of the 2010 season.  Today’s start drew 32,876 fans at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, the best crowd that stadium has seen since the Indians’ home opener.

  1. schmedley - Jun 13, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Only 8 K’s??? The kid is slipping ;-)

  2. Justin - Jun 14, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    1. I hate spammers. Hate.
    2. I didn’t expect Strasburg to live up to the hype, and he sure did in that first start.
    3. I don’t know if you saw any of the game, but he literally was slipping. The mound was shite. He would plant and his foot would slide 3-6 inches forward, which not only messes up mechanics, but could cause serious injury.

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