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Mike Rizzo: Stephen Strasburg’s arm is “structurally perfect”

Apr 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Nationals starting pitcher Strasburg throws to the Mets in the second inning of their MLB National League game in New York Reuters

And his eyes are like shimmering pools. His skin the finest alabaster

Following a scare Monday night regarding “tightness” in Stephen Strasburg’s forearm, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday morning that the ace’s right arm is “structurally perfect” and he is not expected to miss a start.

This is good news. Of course Strasburg himself said that he was good to go last night. As we saw last year, though, Strasburg is not the final arbiter of when he’s going to pitch, so team signoff was necessary.

So, if we’ve eliminated the structural problems, what is left to explain the 1-4 record and fewer strikeouts? And the “mechanical glitches” mentioned in the linked article by Boswell and Kilgore?

The Nats have four days to figure it out before he goes back out there again.

  1. ebrownwareagle - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Just Bad against the Braves!

  2. clarenceoveur - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Back in Rob Dibble’s day, they didn’t even have forearms.

    • ptfu - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Or forebrains.

  3. evanwins - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    So I guess this is the pitcher he is then, right? Or is he still “the most amazing pitcher to ever blah blah blah”. It’s going to be very challenging for the media to keep the hype machine going if he continues to pitch like he has this year.

    When he was healthy and throwing great and the team was in the middle of their postseason run he was shut down for precautionary reasons. Now he is not healthy (it’s apparent despite what reports there are), he’s not pitching well and it’s early enough for them to take care of it and get him back on track and they keep him going? That’s ridiculously backward and it’s apparent that Mike Rizzo is lost.

    And how the f*** is this guy an “ACE”, he’s never even seen the eight inning and ace’s are supposed to be guys who go the distance. If any other pitcher in baseball was proclaimed an ace and had never pitched more than 7 innings people would go crazy but for some reason it’s acceptable for this guy?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Im sure most of us saw this same rant last night.

    • flamethrower101 - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Nationals babied him big time, no doubt. But I can’t say I blame them entirely. His debut vs. Pittsburgh left me awestruck. This guy had and still has some filthy stuff. If they ever dropped the leash on him he could be a beast. He could also be a flop. But until they just say “Que sera, sera.” and let him pitch, they’ll never know. They may have only been trying to protect him and you can’t fault them for that. But in reality, just the opposite may have happened.

      • pdowdy83 - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        The guy is on pace for 204 2/3 innings right now. It isn’t like they are pulling him after 5 innings or something.

        Pretty hard to call 3.13 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.7 k/9 a “bust”. While it isn’t top 5 in the league that is still front end starter material.

  4. baseballisboring - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Oh I can explain the 1-4 record, wins and losses don’t matter.

    • jwbiii - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Well, look at his gamelogs.
      4/1 7 shutout innings. 2-0 win.
      4/7 5.1 innings. Got rocked. 6 ER. 6-3 loss.
      4/13 6 IP, 2 unearned runs. 3-1 loss.
      4/19 6 IP, 4 R, 2 unearned. 7-1 loss.
      4/24 7 IP, 3 ER. 4-2 loss.
      4/29 6 IP, 2 ER. 3-2 ND.
      With a little ore support from his hitters, his bullpen, and his fielders, he could just as easily be 5-1.

  5. cardinalcrazy - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Sure he’s 1-4, but it’s not due to lack of performance on Strasburg’s part. He has a 3.13 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and an 8.7 K/9 ratio. Maybe if the National’s hitters can actually score some runs when he pitches he might have a better record.

    • melkipershero - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      8.7 k/9 is wayyy low for Strasburg

  6. realgone2 - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

  7. goskinsvt - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    He has 11 runs of support in all of his starts combined. Might have something to do with it as well.

  8. indaburg - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    “And his eyes are like shimmering pools. His skin the finest alabaster …”

    Go on…

  9. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    If they limited him to 158 innings last year, this would not have happened

    • flamethrower101 - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      I agree. It makes total sense to shut down arguably your best pitcher right when you’re about to make the playoffs and then not use him during the playoffs. TOTAL SENSE…if your goal is to NOT win the World Series.

      It also doesn’t help that they’re .500 through their first 26 games when they were one of the big picks to win the NL East. Care for some humble pie, Danny Espinosa?

      • someguyinva - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        You’re absolutely right; Strasburg would’ve gone all Bugs Bunny against the collective Gashouse Gorillas that made up the MLB postseason slate last year, and the Nats would’ve been guaranteed to with the World Series with him.

        Moreover, as a Nats’ fan, I had high hopes for spending many a summer’s evening watching meaningful baseball games this season as the Nats chased another NL East title and postseason berth. However, after their collective deucing of the futon leading to their insurmountable three and a half game deficit here at the end of April, I’m already lining up all kinds of series in the Netflix queue so I have something to tide me over as the days get warmer, because there’s no point to my watching the Nats any longer this season.

        As for Strasburg, he’s lacking in run support, and he’s also spending a bit too much time nibbling, rather than challenging hitters. Not sure why, exactly, but hopefully he’ll get it figured out during this lost campaign so he’ll be a useful starter in 2014.

  10. randomdigits - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Bundy’s elbow is fine too. Maybe they can be PRP buddies.

  11. jdvalk - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Cracked up at the first two lines, havta admit. If you truly were committed to structural perfection in his arm, Rizz, you should’ve shut him down and worked on his release point as some pointed out during last year’s slow burn fiasco. As it was, we’re confident you were doing Boras a solid last year, so don’t trot out more lines about Stras for public consumption.

  12. Walk - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Looks like he is going to miss a start, at least espn is reporting he will.

  13. kvanhorn87 - May 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    3.13 ERA says it all. Needs more run support. As a phillies fan, I wish I didn’t have to stick up for him.

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