The Washington Nationals should try to see if Steven Strasberg can pitch or not in the pennant race

18 Aug

The other big sports story that I wanted to talk about briefly is the Washington Nationals decision to shut down their young star pitcher Steven Strasberg to save his arm. Strasberg a phenom young pitcher had Tommy John Surgery last year at age 23. He is pitching really well at 14-5 this season and almst 140 innings of work.

But the Nationals want to have precaution and shut down their young pitcher after about 160 innings or so. However the Nationals are having their best season in years at 74-45 with the majors best record.

That creates a question whether the Nationals are being too cautious with their young pitcher. Nolan Ryan the Hall of Fame pitcher had a “rubber arm” and pitched 27 years in the majors without a major injury. Other arms like Strasberg could go out at any moment no matter how much they control it. I believe in caution, but the Nationals should try to play for the big moment this season. There is no guarantee they will be this good again. And  it might help to build up Strasberg’s arm long term or not. Either way I think the Nationals should try to maximize the moment and see what Strasberg can or can’t do. I’m not a doctor and caution is always important, but I think that Strasberg should be allowed to pitch if he wants to. It’s his pitching life and career and the Nationals should see what he can do. Good luck checking that out. Best wishes. Talk soon. Bratman

2 Responses to “The Washington Nationals should try to see if Steven Strasberg can pitch or not in the pennant race”

  1. elichap August 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    I agree with you, not playing him may not be such a great idea. You would think they would want him pitching to keep his arm in good shape….at least every 7th game??!

  2. berniebrew August 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Pitch him and see what Strasberg can do in the present and the long term.

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