Beyond The Mic: Stephen Strasburg Sensational In Return
A little over a year ago, Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg was all the rage in the sports world. Then he tore an ulnar collateral ligament, requiring Tommy John surgery. Nearly 13 months later, Strasburg made his much awaited return to the majors last night.
He did not disappoint. Despite the fact that the Nationals lost to the Dodgers 7-3, it wasn't on account of Stephen. Strasburg's final line looked like this: 5 innings, 2 hits, no runs, 4 strikeouts, and no walks. Zero walks for a guy that hasn't pitched a major league game in over a year!
Impressive numbers, but not a surprise. He was efficient. He had velocity. He had demand. He was in total control. One thing you can say about Strasburg is that when he plays, he lives up to the ginormous hype. Everyone was focused on him, yet he remained cool, calm, and collected. He can still throw 98 mph fast balls. His two seam fastball was unhittable. His four seam fastball was flawless. He was money.
Let's hope Strasburg stays healthy. As long as he can, he'll become the pitcher of the future. He's that damn good.