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Stephen Strasburg's Debut, Third Inning: Three Up, Three Down

  • Nationals strand Ivan Rodriguez on third base in the bottom of the second. The score remains Nationals 1, Pirates 0.
  • As Strasburg heads to the mound again, I wonder: is there any way he is actually this good?
  • First strikeout looking, an 83 MPH called strike against Jason Jaramillo. Fifth strikeout of the game, with the Pirates' pitcher heading to the plate.
  • Strasburg gets ahead of Karstens 0-2. It's only a matter of time, now, before his sixth strikeout of the game.
  • Swing and a miss. Strasburg downs Karstens with a 98 MPH fastball for his sixth strikeout of the game. He has only faced nine batters.
  • McCutchen grounds out to third to end the inning. He's made contact with the ball during both at bats, and as such, deserves a raise.
  • Now's a good time to mention how impressed I am with Stephen Strasburg, but you already know that. Not only is he throwing gas (high 90's fastball, low 90's changeup), but his "slurve" is even more unhittable than I could have possibly imagined and his control of the zone has been outstanding.
  • Nationals lead, 1-0.