Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I wonder how the Nationals feel today about their Stephen Strasburg decision last year?

The Pittsburgh Pirates locked up a Wild Card spot last night, ending a 20 year postseason drought (the 3rd longest in MLB history).  With the Reds also clinching as well (both teams could still overtake St. Louis for the NL Central crown), the Nationals were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

But, at least Washington still has a healthy Stephen Strasburg to make his final start of the year against the Diamondbacks on Friday.  Unfortunately for them it's going to be totally meaningless.  So far that's the reward they get for shutting Strasburg down in September of last year in order to save him for the future.  They were 85-53 at the time, with the best record in baseball.  The Nationals ended up losing their opening playoff series without their ace, and who knows when or if they'll ever another such opportunity to win it all.

And guess what else is funny?  Last season Strasburg made 28 starts before the team elected to voluntarily stop using him in order to preserve his health.  This year injuries have held him to just 29.

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