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Strasburg efficient as ever in Nats’ win

Apr 1, 2013, 10:19 PM EST

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Through his first three major league seasons, Stephen Strasburg struck out batters at a manic pace. His 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings ratio last season led the majors and were the most since Kerry Wood whiffed 11.35 per nine in 2003. Exciting, sure. But sustainable, maybe not.

The Nationals ace is hoping this year to pitch more so to contact, keep pitch counts low, and in turn stay on the mound later into games. In Monday’s 2-0 Opening Day win against the Marlins he took a convincing step in that direction.

Strasburg needed only 80 pitches to carve up Miami batters through seven innings. He finished with three hits allowed, no walks, and just three strikeouts. The Marlins made contact, they just couldn’t get anything going.

“I noticed in spring training early on that they don’t want to get to two strikes,” Strasburg said. “I was fortunate enough to be making good quality pitches and getting some quick outs.

“I’ll take the quick outs any day of the week.”Read more »

  1. peric - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Its really a shame that CSN doesn't have the TV contract to cover the Nats. I am sure that the opening day videos with Davey Johnson and Stephen Strasburg would have sound. And wouldn't be orphaned by an organization that prefers to pay more attention to the Ori-holios.

  2. NatsNut - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    LoL Denard!

  3. Section 222 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Speaking of lousy TV coverage, I just fast forwarded through some of the highlights and the MASN crew totally messed up the 7-2-6-4-2 double play. They were showing crowd reaction to Harper's throw while the play was still in progress!

  4. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Sean Burnett in to face Jay with man on 2nd and 3rd in the Angels/Reds game.

  5. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Sorry…meant bases loaded.

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    And the Jay is Jay Bruce.

  7. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    And Sean comes through.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Good for Sean. I wish him and his crooked cap good ju-ju.

  9. Whack-a-Mule - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    A comment received from my older son, exiled to Chicagoland, regarding today's Nats win:"That's what closer stuff looks like."

  10. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    It's going to be soooo good to watch Stras pitch this year.

  11. Laddie Blah Blah - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    SS is still only 24, and is the youngest starter in the rotation and has the least experience of any of them, including the guys in the pen. Harper and SS are not only great talents, they are baseball prodigies. Many commentators on MLB already have anointed SS the best pitcher in the NL, and a favorite for the Cy Young. And he has never even pitched for a full season in the majors.This could be the year he comes of age, both on the field and in coming to terms with his status as one of the game's best. He's an introvert. So is JZ. It may take them a while to come out of their shells. I can wait. We have Gio and Detwiler in the meantime. And Davey.

  12. sjm308 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Will post first and then go back and read others.What a great time!!!!Wooooo Hoooo MicheleS!!!Opening days are great to begin with but this one came with just about the perfect ball game. My thoughts are:1. The play by Zimm was huge. Kept them from jumping out to an early lead and SS from throwing lots of pitches early.2. Harper is just amazing. What a treat to get to watch someone like him. I saw Mantle in his prime and this kid is on his was to that level and maybe higher. 3. 80 Pitches in 7 innings for Strasburg is perfect and Clip and Soriano to finish is a recipe for success. I liked Ramos going out after ball one to the 2nd batter to talk to Clip and LaRoche came over as well. 4. What a crowd!! Took us 20 min. to walk down after the game. Lines to get in the two bars that are near the stadium were ridiculous. This area needs more establishments and they will all be gold mines. Loved the Morse song in the 7th inning and it took us by surprise.5. Guess who wanted a Red Curly W hat?? Yes my step-daughter from St. Joe's is slowly but surely coming around. 6. Missed the NI meeting but it was just too nice to leave a seat at Justin's to come in early.Sorry to give so much trivial information but it really is exciting to be a fan of this team right now.Go Nats! (the white 1926 hat will be on until at least Wed. night)

  13. timeless46 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Just read the MLB Miami wrap up of the game. Some classy quotes from Nolasco, who except for Harp's two bombs pitched a very good game.

  14. Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    sjm308, there was too much going on with opening ceremonies, awards, etc for too many people to go to the tables. We stopped by and met Scooter and KenzD. It was a pleasure.

  15. Section 222 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Watching the game on DVR and Clip looks pretty darn unhittable. And Soriano? Wow. Intense and nasty. I guess we shouldn't go too overboard here — remember who we were playing…So the Nats are still advertising season tix. I guess they didn't make it to 20K. Either that, or the 20K limit was baloney. Or both.

  16. Section 222 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Joe S — Sorry I missed you and the others. I was there at around 12:25 or so. Didn't see anyone (although I did ask a few guys sitting at the tables if they were Insiders), and I had a 10 year old with me begging me for Dippin' Dots. Hope to meet you some other time.

  17. MicheleS - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    222 Kilgore had a tweet earlier saying they are either at or close to the 20K. Like others said, we will see on the first sucky rainy night

  18. Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I met Scooter and Candide, (not KenzD)





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