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Stephen Strasburg's Debut: Putting His Performance In Perspective

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Stephen Strasburg's performance tonight (7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 ER, 14 K) was nothing short of spectacular. Taking a step back allows us to further realize just how special he was in his debut. Via Ed Price:

Last pitcher to strike out 10+ in 6 or fewer innings in his debut was Mark Prior.

Also via Ed Price:

Most K in debut with no walks, since 1920, before now: Johnny Cueto, 10, 4-3-2008.

And finally, via Ed Price:

Most K in debut, since 1920: J.R. Richard 15, Karl Spooner 15, Stephen Strasburg 14.

Regardless of whether the Nationals win or lose (they currently lead 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning), more than 40,000 baseball fans will leave Nationals Park tonight smiling. Pirates fans, you say? I'm not quite sure if they invade D.C. sports venues like Penguins' and Steelers' backers, but surely even they can appreciate history in the making.