(Photo of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff. Stephen Strasburg finally gave up his first AAA runs Monday night.)
Strasburg's line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 52 pitches-36 strikes.
52 pitches...Must be saving those bullets for bigger and better things? The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin points out:
He has now thrown 45 1/3 minor league innings. One more five-inning start, presumably this weekend in Syracuse, would put him almost exactly at the 50-inning threshold the Nationals targeted for him at the start of the season. (via Washington Post, 5/24/2010)
On that note, good luck buying tickets to a certain game at Nationals Park on June 4th. Plenty of good seats still available -- if you like dealing with scalpers and ticket brokers.
Carlos Maldonado to be called up from Syracuse to back up Wil Nieves. The thought of Carlos Maldonado catching Stephen Strasburg's Major League debut feels similar to Odalis Perez starting the first game ever at Nationals Park.
The Oswalt-for-Strasburg discussion is so dumb even we're refusing to acknowledge it. That doesn't count as acknowledgment, does it?