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On tap tonight: Strasburg vs. Heyward

Jul 27, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

There are a ton of high-profile rookies this year — and actually, Jaime Garcia may be the most deserving of the NL Rookie of the Year award right now — but certainly the two most hyped rookies this season are Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward.  They face off tonight in Washington.

It’s their first meeting, but it’s not the first time Strasburg has faced the Braves. Atlanta handed the kid who really needs a nickname a loss back on June 28th when Heyward was on the disabled list. It was arguably Strasburg’s worst start of the season, though not a terrible one.

But more than seeing the two young beasts of the NL East face each other, I’m looking forward to this for another reason: it’s the first time Strasburg has faced a team for the second time.  Will they adjust to him and give him more trouble, or will he build upon what he learned about them the last time and exploit their weaknesses?

That’s really the only thing we haven’t see from Strasburg yet: the strategic side of the game. He’s got great stuff. But how quick a learner is he?  We find out tonight at 7:05 P.M. Eastern.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    I don’t know about Heyward being less deserving than Garcia at all, He’s hitting over .500 in his last week of play. This kids got Moxie….

  2. SDelMonte - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    In conversation, I referred to Strasburg, somewhat facetiously and unfairly, as St. Stephen (thinking of the Grateful Dead song). We can do better.

  3. nps6724 - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Let’s see if Garcia can keep up this pace. This is close to the time of year when young pitchers hit that wall.

  4. hnirobert - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    how about Josh “Big” Johnson vs. Matt “Sugar” Cain

  5. OldSkoolRules - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Buster Posey beats both of them hands down! But East Coast bias will probably prevent him from being noticed or considered seriously. But Posey will do more to improve the Giants winning than Heyward or Straus. Why? Straus every 5 days and the team is terrible. Heyward is ok with the glove, but good with the bat. Posey because he is a catcher who has managed a world class pitching staff, great with the bat, amazing with the glove and has a maturity level to be a leader on the team.

  6. nps6724 - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Are you seriously trying to give Posey credit for the Giants’ pitching staff? Wow.

  7. jo jo is smiling - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    And why is Gabby Sanchz of the Marlins NOT being mentioned. LOOK AT HIS NUMBERS!

  8. doctorfunke - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Does Buster (Bluth) even qualify as a rookie this season?
    “Like anyone would want to “R” her.”

  9. The Rabbit - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    With no disrespect to Garcia, Heyward, Strasberg, Sanchez,, I agree with OldSkool that Posey should certainly be considered the #1 candidate for the NL ROY at this point in time… and no, I don’t give him credit for the success or failure of the Giant staff. I do, however, believe that it requires a special skill set for a rookie catcher to learn the strengths and weaknesses of an established, talented staff, call each pitcher’s “game”, and adapt to each personality.
    In addition, unlike most catchers, Posey is playing first when he isn’t catching. He’s also batting cleanup and excelling.
    Note I did say “at this point in time”. There is still a third of the season to play and things can change.

  10. nps6724 - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    I have no problem with Posey being considered as a potential ROY, just the assertion he has that much to do with their staff.

    Question since I don’t get to see many Giant games: is he actually calling the games or is he getting the signs from the bench? I know most young catchers don’t call the games themselves (nor should they in most cases).

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