Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Strasburg: Who's Next?
With my fantasy team in the depths of the Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten Fantasy Baseball League cellar my thoughts have begun to focus on what, if anything, could bring my team back from being the laughing stock of the league. I quickly scan my roster; Hunter Pence? No way. Brett Gardner? Doubtful. Ben Sheets? Tricked ya, I cut his ass. Then I land squarely on Stephen Strasburg. Hmmm. It is clear that Stephen Strasburg has got the whole Double A thing down, so why not send him to Triple A or the bigs? Come on Nats! Give us the great white hope!
On a limited pitch count earlier this week Stephen Strasburg threw a no-hitter for Double A Harrisburg through 5 innings. The only batter to reach base did so on a dropped third strike by the catcher. In 17 innings for the Senators, Strasburg has 23 strikeouts, only 3 walks, and is sporting a dental floss thin 0.52 ERA. I think it is time to move this kid up to some tougher competition. Though he is probably the only thing keeping the city of Harrisburg on the map right now, it is doing him no good to stay there.
It is time for Strasburg to take his game to Triple A, and eventually up to the big show. Provided that Strasburg can continue his success at Triple A for a few starts, it would really behoove the Nationals to bring him up as soon as possible. I understand the whole "he needs to refine his game" and "we don't want to rush him" argument, but there is a business side to this too. Strasburg played in college and dominated, now he is dominating in the minors so I would argue that he is adequately prepared for the majors very soon. Every game that he doesn't play in a Nats uniform is costing the team a lot of money too. Think about it, if the Nats announced that Strasburg is starting on Sunday, how quickly do you think that game would sell out? Let me some it up for the Nats in one sentence; "You're sitting on a winning lottery ticket, and you're too much of a pussy to cash it in. And that's bullshit."
Financially speaking, the Nats can't afford to keep Stephen Strasburg in the minors for much longer. Moreover, with the team doing fairly well so far this year Strasburg could be a real shot in the arm for the rotation. Not to mention, my fantasy team could really use the help. So come on Washington, for all these reasons and more, bring Stephen Strasburg up. Pretty soon he will have us all saying, "Strasburg: WHO'S NEXT?"