A Debut For The Ages: Stephen Strasburg

Alex LoomisContributor IJune 8, 2010

65 strikeouts, 13 walks, and a 1.30 ERA in 11 starts in the minor leagues.  But do any of those numbers really matter now?  Sure they're impressive and all, but how many of those strikeouts were against batters who will one day play at the major league level? In my years of watching and following baseball I never seen such a hyped player.  Tonight we will see if Strasburg will live up to the hype.

In similar cases to this, other pitchers have had some success.  Such as Mark Prior who struck out 10 in his major league debut, and there have been other pitchers such as Todd Van Poppel who had a decent debut but only went on to have a sub par career to say the least.  Strasburg looks to follow in the footsteps of Prior other then Poppel.

Stephen Strasburg is looking to throw strikes and get a feel for the majors.  This may be easy for him considering he is facing the team with one of the five worst records in the national league.  Did the Nationals plan to it this way?  Some would say so, some would say it just fell right for him, but the Nationals could have called him up a week earlier to face a tougher opponent in the Cincinnati Reds who are in first place or they could have called him up to face the last place team in the central in the Houston Astros.  Either way he is here now and the whole world is waiting to see if this kid from San Diego will live up to the hype of being the number one overall pick and possibly the savior of a franchise.