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The Phenom's Debut: What I'm Looking To See Out Of Stephen Strasburg.

ALTOONA, PA - APRIL 11:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Harrisburg Senators pitches against the Altoona Curve in his minor league debut during the game on April 11, 2010 at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Tim MorganContributor IJune 8, 2010

Tonight, June 8th, the hype and expectation of Stephen Strasburg finally touches down in Washington. Washington National fans have been waiting for this night since the Nationals were able to sign this phenom. The Washington Nationals have been a franchise that has been stuck in mediocrity since their days in Montreal. This franchise has not seen the playoffs since the early 80's, but now these fans have hope. This hope is Stephen Strasburg. On the day after the Nationals drafted Bryce Harper, Strasburg sets out to prove that he is the real deal. 

No pitcher has had so much hope and hype on his shoulders maybe in the history of baseball. Now if he does struggle don't lose all hope Nat's fans, Strasburg, indeed, is the real deal. With a fastball that can touch 100 mph, a slurve that at times is un-hittable, and a change-up that can only improve, Strasburg is ready to start his major league career in a big way. 

What I am looking in Strasburg is his composure and his poise. This is a huge test and I think he will pass with flying colors. He has handled the hype and the expectations with his humble personality and humility. I also want to see how he handles a couple of tough innings and how he bounces back. This is not the minors or college anymore, this is where the big boys play. Again, I think Strasburg passes with flying colors and will be a superstar in this league.

My prediction tonight for Stephen Strasburg's line is 5 2/3, 3 ER's, 4 H's, 5 K's 2 BB's. I think he will come out and tire somewhat early, trying to overthrow and try to show the fans what he can do. Again, I want to see how he handles jams and long innings and how he can bounce back. He will show why the hype is real with his blazing stuff and I do not think the situation will overwhelm him. He, my friends, is the real deal and will be a top line pitcher for sometime. 

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