So the kid lived up to the hype.
Earlier on Twitter today, @marklavine summed up the expectations for Strasburg’s debut like this:
If Stephen Strasburg doesn’t cure cancer or walk on water tonight, I’ll be disappointed. Just sayin’
So yea man, no pressure. The Washington Nationals drafted Strasbourg number one overall last June, and the sorry-ass ball club needed a big-time lift from the highly touted (and highly paid) prospect.
Strassy didn’t disappoint. The kid tossed 99 mph pitches and finished the game with a ridiculous 14Ks. Yea okay, he gave up a two-run homer, but so what? He allowed just four hits and the two runs over seven innings. He didn’t walk anyone either.
Way to manage expectations, big guy!
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