(Photo by Getty Images. Stephen Strasburg makes his second start of the spring on Sunday against the Cardinals. Nationals fans will have to settle for listening to the away broadcast on XM/MLB Audio.)
"Our only expectations are: he threw his game. He did what we wanted him to do, what we want all our guys to do. Recovered well. Threw his side session. Took a day off and then pitching the game. You just hope that routine starts to really settle in and that becomes the norm for him."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nats Insider, 3/13/2010)
Riggleman's list of expectations for each Strasburg start (via Mark Zuckerman/Nats Insider) sounds reasonable. Our only expectation for today's 3-inning appearance is this:
"Arm doesn't fall off."
That's it. Just be healthy; oh, and maybe knock Felipe Lopez on his ass with a 100 MPH fastball up around the eyeballs, and we're happy. I'm sure it'll sound great on Cardinals radio!
While were on the topic of expectations...It seems odd that MASN (and WFED, for that matter) wouldn't have cashed in on another highly anticipated start by Strasburg by broadcasting today's game from Space Coast. Oh well; NatsTown is used to it by now. We'll just have to settle for the Cards' radio broadcast while watching the following riveting programming on MASN:
MASN COLLEGE CLASSICS #10:
LOUISVILLE vs. MARYLAND (12/13/80)
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
BIG SOUTH (LIVE)
WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT FINAL
Sweet! Thank you, Mr. Angelos! We'll be watching!