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Stephen Strasburg struggles in return from disabled list

Aug 10, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

OK, so he didn’t just struggle against the Marlins tonight. It was the worst start of his brief major league career.

Strasburg failed to complete five innings for the first time, allowing a career-high six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. The Marlins hitters were able to square him up with relative ease, but Dan Uggla was his worst enemy, connecting for a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the third.

Strasburg threw 51 out of 84 pitches for strikes while striking out four and walking two. The rookie phenom’s ERA jumped all the way from 2.32 ERA to 3.07 on the year.

We should be willing to give Strasburg a mulligan tonight, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Nats GM Mike Rizzo chewed all of his fingernails off watching this one. 

  1. Joboo - Aug 10, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Who cares? Just change the name of the blog to “StrasburgTalk” and get it over with. For a blog that has mocked “mainstream sports media” for being so uselessly obsessed with the minutiae of A-Rod hitting 600 homeruns, you sure spend a lot of time covering a nobody playing for a nothing team. We get it, he has great stuff. Wake me when he’s done something useful with it.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Strasburg was throwing hard and was consistently up in the 90s so Rizzo shouldn’t chew much past the first joint on any one digit. But the kid was rusty and, as they say, wild in the strike zone. As Einstein predicted, the faster he threw the baseball, the bigger and fatter they looked to the Feesh. However, I recommend against expecting any of the Feesh to understand the complex physics behind their hitting party tonight.

  3. BC - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Hear that thud? That was 10,000,000 people jumping off the Strasberg Bandwagon.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    What I heard was a splash. Or was that just Air Florida again?

  5. BC - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    No that was a few million of the Stephen-Strasberg-Is-Greater-Than-Ghandi-Fan-Club lemmings pitching themselves into the Potomac. I have visual proof:

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