Okay, so it wasn’t the same as a 14 strikeout debut. It was however, another good outing, and a win for a bad team (Washington Nationals) against the Indians who were riding a four game win streak. Strasburg went 5 1/3 innings, had 8 strikeouts, 5 walks, and gave up a homer to Travis Hafner.
In the two times I’ve had a chance to watch him, I am encouraged by the fact that his mechanics look very good which bodes well for longevity. It is my opinion that Major League Baseball needs more marketable stars in a time where the sport has suffered image damage in result to the steroid fallout. Power pitchers are fun to watch, strikeouts are even more fun to watch when they come in droves. Strasburg is larger than you would think. He’s 6’4″, 225 lbs., that folks, is a pedigree. The kids laces up size 16′s when he toes the bump. In his second start, he clipped 100mph 11 times. What I continue to think is most impressive is that his offspeed arsenal is better than the fastball. When you throw with that kind of velocity, and can mix in three excellent offspeed pitches, you’re nearly un-hittable. He will be prone to serving up the longball on occasion. When you throw with that hard, even decent contact can send the ball a long way. So, it doesn’t surprise me that he’s given up home runs in consecutive appearances. Even on bad teams, these are major league hitters, and when you make mistakes, they will make you pay for it. Also bear in mind that he is just a rookie with two career starts, think of what he will be like when he settles in at this level, learns tendencies, and continues to mature.