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Stephen Strasburg gets Opening Day start for Nationals

Mar 20, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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For the third straight season the Nationals have turned to Stephen Strasburg as their Opening Day starter, choosing him over Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.

“He’s earned it,” rookie manager Matt Williams told Mark Zuckerman of, noting that he also gave serious consideration to Zimmermann.

Last season Strasburg threw 183 innings with a 3.00 ERA and 191/56 K/BB ratio, while Zimmermann–who will start Game 3 of the season after Gonzalez takes the mound in Game 2–threw 213 innings with a 3.25 ERA and 161/40 K/BB ratio.

Ultimately the order of a rotation matters little and the Nationals have perhaps the best collection of front-line starting pitching in the league, especially if Doug Fister gets healthy soon and joins the mix as the No. 4 starter.

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  1. NatsLady - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Yeah, unfortunately, the Mets are going with Dillon Gee. That game could end 0-0. Wait, no ties, right?

    • rbj1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Nah, the Mets would lose 0-0 because, well, they’re the Mets.

    • natstowngreg - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Last season, Dillon Gee faced the Nats 6 times. He went 4-2, 2.72, 1.18 WHIP. He actually had a couple of bad starts (each with 4 runs allowed), so there’s hope.

  2. kev86 - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Dillon Gee as opening day starter is embarrassing. I hate the Wilpons.

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