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Ugly weather, ugly swings

Mar 2, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. — It’s just a nasty day here on the Space Coast, for multiple reasons.

The weather is obviously one factor. The rain has been coming and going, accompanied by a fierce wind.

Stephen Strasburg is another. The rookie right-hander just completed his second session of live BP this spring, and he once again was untouchable.

Unlike last time, some hitters actually took the bat off their shoulders today. Just like last time, though, no one made solid contact. Eric Bruntlett rapped a bouncer toward shortstop. Roger Bernadina nubbed a slow roller through the left side of the infield that perhaps would have qualified as a seeing-eye single.

But that was it. Nothing that had any air under it. Nothing that reached the outfield. Plenty more late swings on fastballs and broken backs on slider/curves.

One of these days, a major-league batter is going to hit a Strasburg pitch with some authority. But it hasn’t happened yet.

  1. peric - Mar 2, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Mark Zuckerman said…Peric: Which link?The link to your live, on the phone interview yesterday? With those two guys … can't remember their names … kind of two xtra nerdy baseball types? It was great … you were far more informative than expected given the great posts that are already here to see.

  2. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Mark – You promised to not complain about the weather.So glad MASN picked up Strasburg first start – good job reporting on that!Keep up the good work – despite the weather, we all still wish that he were you, down South to watch a lot of baseball.

  3. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 2, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Peric: Here's the link to the interview you're talking about, from yesterday on hotstove.com … http://www.hotstove.com/2010/03/hot-stove-tv-nationals-chat-with-nats-insider-mark-zuckerman/

  4. peric - Mar 2, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Thanks Mark! Great Interview … recommend it to all Nats fans.

  5. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    I listen to the hotstove interview too, I would recommend to all!!!

  6. Traveler8 - Mar 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Okay, the first one is in the books – Mets 4, Braves 2. When do we start, Thursday?

  7. Jim - Mar 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Mark and any other fans who will be there with us the next couple of weeks, this encouraging bit is from a TV news director buddy in Orlando this morning:"I do believe it is entirely possible the temps may actually sneak into the 70s by next week. It's tough to compete with a couple of feet of snow, but by Florida standards it has been outrageously chilly here the past six weeks."I remain upbeat.

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