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Stephen Strasburg fires over 90 pitches and feels fresh

  • David Whitlock

Stephen Strasburg, who for the first time in his career will not be artificially limited by pitch or inning count, looked sharp against the Houston Astros in firing over 90 pitches and felt as if he had more in the tank.  According to the game summary from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Strasburg is looking to go well beyond 90 pitches come the regular season:

“I’m not trying to get out there and get used to throwing 90, 94 pitches…you look at some of the top pitchers in the game, they go at least 110 every time out. I’m going to be prepared for it. I’m not saying that they’re going to let me do it. But I’m going to be physically ready for it.”

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington NationalsOne red flag today, he only got through 5 1/3 on 93 pitches (25 pitches in the first inning alone) using a lot of pitches to strike out 8 batters and also walking one and allowing 5 hits.  He also gave up a home run to former teammate Rick Ankiel, who ironically tutored Strasburg at times last year on perfecting some of his offspeed pitches.  At this stage, you’d have to be really happy with where Strasburg is with regard to being the ace they need to go into the postseason.

Strasburg was quietly outdueled by Astros “ace” (if there is such a thing) Lucas Harrell who tossed 4 no-hit innings and was pulled sooner than later as he missed his last start due to a groin and they want to be careful with his workload.

The Astros won the game 4-2.  Also participating in the game was Astros phenom and 2012 first overall pick Carlos Correa (logged a hit, SB, run, and RBI).  Interesting tweet (via Adam Kilgore)

File that away.

– Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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