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Stephen Strasburg will start the Nationals’ season finale

Sep 22, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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It looks like Davey Johnson will get his wish.

From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post comes word that the Nationals have decided to give right-hander Stephen Strasburg two more starts before the end of the 2011 season. The first will come this Friday night against the Wild Card-leading Braves. The second will be in the Nats’ season finale versus the Marlins on Wednesday, September 28.

Strasburg was originally scheduled to be shut down after Friday’s home start against Atlanta because the Nationals’ season finale is in south Florida and the club does not stand to make a significant profit. But the 23-year-old starter has displayed no signs of weakness or discomfort since returning from Tommy John surgery and should be able to put together two more outings with his prized right arm still intact.

Strasburg has posted a 1.29 ERA and 11/0 K/BB ratio in 14 innings since returning in early September.

  1. jimbo1949 - Sep 22, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    This leads to the question: What if they were to hold Strasmas at JoeProDolSharyaddayaddayadda and nobody came?
    Guess we’ll find out.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 23, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      But Wednesday is the big celebration of not having to play in the Football Stadium of Many Names anymore. That oughta be good for a few dozen extra butts in seats. Strasburg is a bonus. Maybe an extra hundred?

      Looks like Pudge, hero of the 2003 World Champion Fish, will catch Strasburg. Probably in Pudge’s last game as a Nat.

  2. Chipmaker - Sep 22, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    What a way to send off whatever-its-name-is Stadipark!

  3. cup0pizza - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Wish him luck and health. He’s fun to watch pitch.

  4. btwicey - Sep 23, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    Stras + Moore = the new breed in kickassness youth

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