Washington Nationals

Pirates Stunned As Strasburg Fans 14

Alex LoomisContributor IJune 9, 2010

Stephen Strasburg did more than live up to the hype, he made one of the greatest debuts in the history of Major League Baseball.  Over seven innings he threw 94 pitches and strucj out 14 Pirates, while only giving up 4 hits and 2 runs.  To put these numbers in perspective they are better than other notable debuts in the Majors, Roger Clemons, Nolan Ryan, Roy Halladay and 2 time defending Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.  He topped 100 mph twice in the game and was still throwing 98-99 in the seventh inning.

One thing many analysts and players will take from this game was Strasburg's composure after he gave up the homerun.  It seemed like he just buckled down and threw better than he was before.  Strasburg threw all of his pitches effectively.  He kept hitters off balanced with his phenominal change up and curveball, then blew away hitters with his over powering fastball.  He also did very well changing the eye level of the batters.

This will be one of the most memorable debuts in the history of baseball, no matter what level we're talking about.  His next start is against a similar team as the Pirates in the Indians who were almost victim to another perfect game, could Strasburg throw one against them?  Only time will tell how good this kid can be but from his first start things are really looking bright for him.

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