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Strasburg: "I feel ready to go"

Mar 25, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg tossed five scoreless innings against the Mets today.

VIERA, Fla. — He's got one more start to fine-tune a few things before he takes the mound at Wrigley Field, but Stephen Strasburg doesn't have much left to accomplish between now and Opening Day.

"I feel ready to go," the Nationals right-hander said today following his penultimate start of spring training.

The New York Mets who faced Strasburg today at Space Coast Stadium wouldn't disagree with that sentiment. Though they scattered five hits, a walk and a hit batter in five innings against the young ace, they never crossed the plate.

Strasburg wasn't in tip-top shape, and his pitch count of 84 was a bit high for only five innings of work. But he struck out five, mixed in several high-quality offspeed pitches and seemed to bear down when heRead more »

  1. greg - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    so, at this point, who's lined up to pitch the home opener (4/12)?

  2. Sunderland - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Home opener – Gio

  3. Cwj - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Lots of good quotes from the Mets' side regarding Strasburg and the game: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/40916/nats-12-mets-0-harvey-hit-hard-bay-tooTerry Collins on Bay's HBP by Stras: “It’ll leave a mark,” Collins said. “When it’s 97 mph, it leaves a mark.”

  4. Anonymous - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    #acomak In case you didn't know, from game notes: "Strasburg is a tall & powerful RHP, best known for a unique blend of velocity, power & control." #MarkZuckerman Is that from @NationalsPR game notes or a Chevy truck commercial?Seems like the new NatsPR is a tad maudlin?

  5. natsfan1a - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Doesn't seem all that sentimental to me, but I don't really know the guy/gal.You know who should do a truck commercial? Jayson Werth, that's who. ;-)

  6. Anonymous - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Its the story about a man named Brady … errr I guess that would be Brady Anderson the new O's grand pooh bah of athletic development ….Oh the Geico caveman trick truck guy … its the story about a man named Jayson who is bringing up the 5th generation of baseball stars …(He ought to be in that commercial with the Gecko and the Caveman someone definitely could come up with a great script for that!)http://bit.ly/GSNg4Q

  7. Anonymous - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Cwj said… Lots of good quotes from the Mets' side regarding Strasburg and the game: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/40916/nats-12-mets-0-harvey-hit-hard-bay-tooWerth was told his mammoth shot to left field actually hit the outfielder’s own pickup truck in the parking lot, but he was unsure immediately after the game whether that was true. RDexposfan

  8. natsfan1a - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Sounds pretty good, Anon@7:07. Someone just needs to flesh it out a bit for us. :-)

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    First off Werth parks behind right field.Second off….aside ftom the switch being hit, there are things I would love to see happen in the next 10 days. 1. Ian Desmond has to figure out how to fight off strike 3 when faced with a 3-2 count instead of hoping the close pitch gets called ball 4. 2. Danny Espinosa has to learn how to let the off speed breaking pitch that scrapes the ground go when batting left handed. And 3. Wilson Ramos has to drive the ball up the middle instead of rolling everything over to the left side.Aside from that, I'm ready for Spring Training to be over. 21 games in 29 days while maintaining a job sure can wear out a 65 year old. (Well, that and all the beer.)

  10. Anonymous - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    on 2.) Agree from a distance NatsJack. Both Desmond's and Espinosa's OBP's are miserable. Particularly alarming with K leader Desmond. And ONLY 2 walks! Honestly, right now Bernadina looks like a better lead-off hitter with his 6 walks. In any case I can't see Desmond lasting through May. And if Rendon puts up the kind of numbers he is expected to? And Kobernus in Harrisburg after last season's 50+ steals? Not sure where Zachary Walters fits but certainly one can hope for massive pressure from the minor league system. Sure looks like AAA Syracuse could feature some mashing …3. Espinosa actually looks like he is improving. But I don't think he should be batting second. Looking at the hitters I would say that role belongs to DeRosa if he is a starter on opening day. His stats appear to support his ability to handle that spot.4. Ramos just hasn't been the same since the kidnapping. While Jesus Flores has gone in the opposite direction. I note that Davey has been playing Flores an awful lot … basically alternating with Ramos. Have to wonder if that continues into the season? Flores did something he was adverse to earlier … he walked twice. As Davey put it. Lots of tough decisions … he isn't as confident in his original lineup as he was at the beginning of ST.

  11. Anonymous - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Sounds pretty good, Anon@7:07. Someone just needs to flesh it out a bit for us. :-) The Jayson Werth Story

  12. NatsLady - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Have y'all seen this pic of our former boy Gomes in Japan??Jonny Gomes may have MLB's best haircuthttp://mlb.mlb.com/news/wall/article.jsp?content_id=27542674

  13. Doc - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Is Ramos still recovering from a minor leg injury??Good to see JFlo is picking up the beat, although I expected more from Ramos this spring.

  14. Steady Eddie - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Good thing as Stras is the Wrigley Field starter – 10 day forecasts for Chi-town show highs in the mid-60s for the three or four days up through April 3, which is as far out as they go right now.Good he's less likely to face the kind of frigid opening day temps we had in DC last year (high around 41 and clammy)!Also DC current prediction for the Bosox exhibition on April 3 is clear and high of 70. For what 10 day forecasts are worth.

  15. natsfan1a - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Thanks for the pic, NatsLady. That's awesome.

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