By enzian | Enzian Theater June 9, 2010 at 9:33AM
Uh, I guess this Strasburg kid is actually pretty good after all. Talk about making a first impression! In his major-league debut on Tuesday night, 21-year-old Washington Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg not only lived up to the hype and expectations but surpassed them bigtime. His performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates was one of historic proportions (though Bob Costas did get a little carried away in the broadcast booth, don't you think?)-- 7 innings pitched, 95 pitches, 4 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, and 14 strikeouts. For the first time in history, a pitcher had at least 11 K's and 0 walks in his debut, and in fact, 14 was the second most ever (JR Richard had 15 for Houston in his first start but also walked people). With four amazing pitches ranging from a lethal 99 MPH fastball to a jaw-dropping 82 MPH curve, Strasburg actually got better as the game went on, striking out the last 7 batters he faced. Yes it was the Pirates, but they are a much improved ball club and hadn't had a double digit strikeout game since April. And perhaps the most incredible thing of all--this guy has people excited about the Washington Nationals! I'm just glad he's in the National League and the Twins don't have to face him the rest of the year.