Strasburg Lived Up to the Hype

Kyle McAreavyContributor IJune 9, 2010

WASHINGTON - JUNE 08:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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In his major league debut today Stephan Strasburg went 7 innings with 14 STRIKEOUTS only 4 hits and 2 runs both earned. All of this did come against the Pirates but in his major league debut! This 21 year old kid can touch 103 on the gun and now the Nationals have turned the arbitration clock forward 1 year. 

Its been just over a year since Strasburg was drafted and the Nationals had the first pick again. In this years draft they chose who everyone had expected them to. Bryce Harper. Harper dominated in high school, he graduated early so he could go to junior college, he hits 600 foot homers and throws 96 mph. All this while he is 17! Harper is said to be “the chosen one” and “the biggest prospect since Lebron”. The Nationals will not play him at catcher but that is where he has been playing. Just imagine a battery made of Stephan Strasburg and Bryce Harper. The Nationals said Harper will be a full time out fielder to avoid injury but imagine having them at the same time.

The only problem with having both those great players is Scott Boras. Boras is definitely the hardest agent to work with for any club. He represents not only those two but also Ryan Zimmerman and Ivan Rodriguez just to mention players on the Nationals. Paying Scott Boras money to four players will cause the Nationals to not be able to pay anyone else any money.


Going back to Strasburg, he pitched an amazing game in his debut, got his first win and really set the stage for people to believe that he will be the dominating pitcher in the major league for the next multiple years.