Stephen Strasburg Will Pitch a Perfect Game Tonight

baseballBaseball is different than hockey. In hockey, certain draft picks are projected as can't-miss elite superstars before they're even drafted. After Wayne there was Mario and Eric and Sidney. We were anticipating excellence before their professional debuts. In baseball, it's a much longer road to the big leagues, and so many things can go wrong along the way, so there really isn't a "can't miss" blue chip prospect as there is in hockey or basketball.

Having said that, I don't think I've ever heard as much hype about a player's MLB debut than I'm hearing about Stephen Strasburg. Stephen Strasburg will pitch tonight for the Washington Nationals and more than 200 requests for media credentials have been submitted. All eyes are on Strasburg who is 7-2 with a 1.30 ERA with 65 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 55 1/3 innings spread across Double-A and Triple-A.

I'm predicting he pitches a perfect game tonight. Anything less will be disappointing.

Stephen Strasburg


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Chemmy

7.0IP 8H 3ER 6K 2BB

June 8, 2010 @ 4:32 PM

dale

The kid is 21 & everyone hyped about him. He has awesome potential but too much pressure already from all media hype. That can ruin a youngster's career.
As long as he wins - forget the perfect game (pressure).

June 8, 2010 @ 6:44 PM

Andrew

That or he gets whipped like a rented mule in the first few innings....

I'm more upset that Scott Boras is his agent - he scares me.

I wish him luck though, the way everyone is talking about him it's like he's the second coming of Cy Young.

Cheers
Andrew

June 8, 2010 @ 6:57 PM

Mississauga Mike

4 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 6 K's. That last stat is on par with expectations!

June 8, 2010 @ 8:16 PM

elvis

The last guy I heard with this much hype was Todd Van Poppel.

June 8, 2010 @ 8:26 PM

Ryan

Are you kidding me? This kid is incredible. I knew this before today but 15 KS helps to confirm this.

WOW, Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg in the same year....

June 8, 2010 @ 8:52 PM

Chemmy

I said 7.0IP 8H 3ER 6K 2BB and he went 7.0IP 4H 2ER 14K 0BB.

Feel ok about that.

June 8, 2010 @ 9:00 PM

Andrew

Good for him!
Hopefully they won't trot him out for the dog and pony show and he blows his arm out.

Nice to see things turning around for the Expos, err, Nationals ;)

Cheers,
Andrew

June 8, 2010 @ 9:03 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Ridiculous debut.

I don't care if he's a bit of a jerk, I hope he dominates for years.

June 8, 2010 @ 9:51 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

he looks damn solid, guess what...Doc has company already for National leagues best pitcher, this kid could go undefeated with any run support

June 8, 2010 @ 11:21 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

And are you kidding me hes got a 91-92 mph change up? Where do the Jays get themselves one of them? Hopefully one of their gazillion pitchers they drafted. was it me or did they go a little heavy on pitching in the draft?

June 8, 2010 @ 11:23 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Let's hope he doesn't end up like Kerry Wood or Mark Prior.

They'll be watching this kid's pitch count like a hawk.

June 8, 2010 @ 11:23 PM

Mississauga Mike

Buffalo, does Jimenez sound familiar? :D

June 9, 2010 @ 1:41 AM

Luke

Eric???

June 9, 2010 @ 9:52 AM

Kathleen

Stupid local DC broadcast put it on their secondary channel (MASN2) instead of regular MASN. Not like this was a big deal or anything.

June 9, 2010 @ 2:22 PM

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