Closing Time: Seven more weeks of Stephen Strasburg
By Scott Pianowski
I spent most of the early Friday evening working on the Cliff Lee trade analysis and as it turned out I missed Stephen Strasburg’s(notes) victory over San Francisco. And that’s a crying shame, because there isn’t much Strasburg left to see this season.
Jim Riggleman made it clear on Friday – Strasburg is getting 160 innings in total for 2010 and then it’s operation shutdown. Strasburg’s six-inning stint Friday gets the odometer to 98 – he’s thrown 42.2 innings since joining the Nationals, and 55.1 in his minor league stops. Given that the Nationals have yet to push Strasburg past 96 pitches in any of his starts, we’re probably looking at 10 more turns before we have to say goodbye.
If you map out Strasburg to work every fifth day (and for the Nationals to skip their fifth starter where possible), his final start will come on Sept. 1 at Florida. Even if some kinks get thrown into that mix, it’s pretty much a lock Strasburg Mania will not be conflicting with the kickoff of the NFL Season. If you’re playing in a head-to-head format, start planning now – as useful as Strasburg is at the moment, he won’t be around to help you secure a title.