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Pitchers dominate live BP

Feb 20, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg faced live hitters today for the first time this spring.

VIERA, Fla. — It's easy to read too much into spring training performances, especially during this early portion of camp before the games begin. But it was hard not to notice how good several pitchers looked today during the first live batting practice sessions of the year.

Especially Stephen Strasburg.

It's always a treat to watch the big guy take the mound with a real, live batter in the box. Even though these sessions rarely live up the hype because the hitters often just track pitches as they go by and take only a few cursory swing, you can get a pretty good sense of Strasburg's stuff and command when you watch him up close like this.

And how did he look today? Let's ask one of the Nationals who had the opportunity to dig in against him.

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  1. SonnyG10 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    If our pitchers are way ahead of hitters, maybe we jump off to another strong start this year.

  2. MicheleS - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    I am soooo ready for the Fish Fry on April 1.

  3. djinFl. - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    My favorite moment came when Chad Tracy was facing Detwiller. Det blew a pitch past Tracy at the knees. Tracy came around the cage straight to McCatty and appeared to say that was good, then point out the location and roll his eyes with a that is hardly fair look. McCatty just smiled since he had witnessed the pitch.

  4. Tony - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Expecting Gio to "explain" or "come clean" about his tweets is like asking someone when he stopped beating his wife. If Gio actually did meet Bosch or if he actually did take the legal substances obtained from the clinic, a witness could come forward and state that. But if he indeed has never met Bosch and did not take those substances himself (say, perhaps, because they were for his father) there is absolutely no way he can ever prove that. Innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.

  5. SonnyG10 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Right on, Tony, but I have given up trying to convince the skeptics.

  6. SCNatsFan - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    This isn't about Gio it's about fans distrust of athletes, well deserved. If Gio was on the Yanks half this board would still think he was guilty.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Finally got some time to put together an album: http://bit.ly/WSzcQpMuseum was great. I wish we had more time. I think to truly enjoy it, one should reserve two days for the museum itself. One day just for second floor that is all about history of the game. Second day for third flood and the gallery.For fans, even two days may not be enough. Unbelievable place! I would recommend going in off-season, just be prepared for weather.

  8. Candide - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    I realize it's just one photo. but Stras looks bigger above than I remember him from last year. Didn't Bos say he put on something like 15 pounds since his shutdown?

  9. Scooter - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Faraz, I'd love to see your pictures, but it's telling me I don't have access to that page.And yes, it's good to spread out one's visit, if one can. I'm sure you were glad for what you had, though.

  10. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    I have no idea what is going on. Any insider tips on how to share?

  11. Gonat - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    The Reds vetoed Cueto's request to pitch in the WBC. Under the current CBA, the teams can't veto unless the player finished the season on the DL which I guess Cueto did.

  12. sjm308 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    MicheleS: from your last post. Make sure you bubble wrap the J.Walker blue that you are bringing Adam and Davey. If there is any left, we can share on April 1st!! (ha, ha). Seriously you and Scooter and all the others have fun!!

  13. sjm308 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Faraz: I am just glad you had a great time and I agree that off-season is the way to go. The colors two years ago were spectacular in Oct. Of course Oct. from now on will be reserved for the playoffs so I guess if we go again it will either be Nov. or March.

  14. Section 222 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    Love the first person account djinFL. And your pictures on twitter are awesome too. So how close were you to the Detwiler-Tracy matchup?

  15. Anna Peregrina - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Faraz, where is the album? Is it on Twitter, or some photo publishing site like Flickr or Picasaweb? I don't know anything about Twitter pictures, but the others have a "public" option you can click.

  16. Gonat - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Section 222 said… Love the first person account djinFL. And your pictures on twitter are awesome too.______________________________I feel the same way also!

  17. NatsNut - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I enjoyed the photos Faraz, thanks for sharing.

  18. baseballswami - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Good morning to the other early birds. I want a game!!!

  19. natsfan1a - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Pics were awesome, Faraz. Thanks for sharing.

  20. natsfan1a - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    btw, did you by any chance take pics of subject matter that you thought might interest other Insiders as well as what interested you specifically? Just curious. Loved the Rollie pic, btw. :-)

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I did not take a picture of it but there was a PED note before everyone entered the 'baseball records' room. it is not exactly a room, just part of 3rd floor next to aaron's exhibit. before entering it, you can see a PED note. I can't remember what exactly that said.One other interesting thing I noticed was the quote from Johnny bench about big red machine, how they thought they would never lose a game at that time. they did win 2 WS and four pennants. That was when only two teams from each league made it to playoffs(more rounds, more chances of not making WS). I am just saying that Nats have not reached that level yet so we should check our expectations and careful with that 'world series or bust' slogan.

  22. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I am hoping everyone can see it now because I just checked the link myself in incognito mode and it worked.

  23. UnkyD - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    FS: WSOB is Davey's slogan…. I feel no compunction to "be careful" with it……just sayin'…. {=^D

  24. Anna Peregrina - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Thanks, I see it now, Faraz!

  25. Scooter - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Nice pix, Faraz. Thanks for sharing them.

  26. Dave - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Very cool pictures from Cooperstown, Faraz. That's a place I want to go to someday.

  27. Dave - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Very cool pictures from Cooperstown, Faraz. That's a place I want to go to someday.

  28. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Unkyd, I realize that and as the manager, we wouldn't want him saying anything else but as fans, it is a different matter.Thanks guys. I would have taken better pictures if I had a better camera.

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