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The Baseball Show: An amazing week of pitching

Jun 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

USA Today

The Nationals are off Monday after splitting their doubleheader with the Philadelphia Phillies. Their loss in the second game snapped an eight-game winning streak, their longest of the season.

It was an impressive run keyed by one of the best weeks by a starting rotation in recent baseball history. On Sunday night’s¬†episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ Mark talked about the Nats’ latest pitching prowess with Joe Orsulak and Sebastian Salazar.

The second clip below takes a closer look at Stephen Strasburg, who has been very good since coming off the disabled list.

An amazing week for Nationals’ starting rotation

Strasburg looking good since his return from the DL

  1. laddieblahblah - Jun 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Can’t remember the last time I saw Stras look so relaxed, so composed, so confident, and so dominant on the mound. When he threw 97-98 it was an easy 97-98. That was the guy I expected to see out of the gate in 2015, but didn’t, until yesterday. Better late than never. I’ll take that Strasburg for the rest of the year, thank you very much.

    For the first time this year he made ample and effective use of his change-up. Other than Frankie’s homer, no one could square him up. Command and control (9Ks vs. 1 walk) and a low pitch count for 7 full.

    Congrats to the coaching staff for getting him right, and to Steven for bearing down to get himself right.

    • nats128 - Jun 29, 2015 at 9:56 AM

      He almost hit 100 and what was better with this start is how he was going up and down with his speeds on his fastballs like Scherzer does.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM

        I counted 8 pitches at 98mph or higher. He got stronger as he went on. Strasburg threw a 2-seam and 4-seam fastballs.

        I was surprised he was back out there for the 7th after the 29 pitch 6th inning and he got the job done and made MW look smart.

        He used his reachback fastball like another pitch going from 94 to 99 and then mixing in the 2 seam to induce some groundballs and the changeup that looked like the fastball and was a devastating swing & miss pitch in which 7 of the 18 were S & W.

        The curveball was so filthy that even the ump missed it a few times. Then he threw a harder slurve for the first time this year that also varied in mph.

        Hardest velo of the day was 99.6 on the 4-seam.

      • nats128 - Jun 29, 2015 at 10:27 AM

        Bob Carpenter saw a 87 mph breaking pitch and said he thought Strasburg just threw a slider.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

        MLBAM classifies pitches based on speed and movement.

        For years they said JZim threw a 2-seamer which he wasn’t. Without asking Strasburg, it could be that he threw a harder curveball and it changed its movement or he really did change grip and rotation of his wrist to throw a slider and a curveball.

        Quite a few of them had different movement and speed in a very Scherzer-esque repertoire.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2015 at 11:36 AM

        “masnCJ to Ghost of Steve M.
        11 minutes ago
        Stephen said fastball, curve and change. Was happy with the command of fastball. Said changeup was coming back to him and that he was starting to execute it a lot better. Felt curve was sting all day.”

        MLBAM has reclassified all fastballs as 4-seam and all breaking pitches as curveballs.

      • nats128 - Jun 29, 2015 at 11:39 AM

        That goes a long way in explaining what Strasburg was throwing. Alot of filth for sure.

  2. micksback1 - Jun 29, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Happy Nats won series, taht is all that matters. Feel bad for Tanner, but I must say, he is not having a very good year. I hope this was his stinky game out of his system. I wonder if he feels pressure from Ross, who eventually will be in the rotation in a few seasons.

    I still think Mets will be a Wild card and they are hanging around

    • nats128 - Jun 29, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      The Wild Card will be challenged by the Pirates, Giants, Cubs, and Mets.

      The Cardinals seem destined for 100 wins.

      • ehay2k - Jun 29, 2015 at 12:23 PM

        Fangraphs has them at 97 wins, and that’s only because their wining percentage is pegged to drop to a reasonable .534 for the rest of the season. I assume that this excludes any effect that having G-men raid the front office and walk out with the GM and other staff will have on team morale. ūüėč

        Is the hacking incident totally isolated to one or two people, or is there a larger number involved? And, will more Cardinals cheating be exposed as a result of the investigation? The Feds may try to make an example of them.

      • nats128 - Jun 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM

        97 wins will probaly be the best record in the NL. They have had there share of injuries but nothin like the Nats.

      • Section 222 - Jun 29, 2015 at 4:02 PM

        Nothing like the Nats?

        Wainwright out for the season. Adams out for at least two months. Walden out since the end of April. Holliday, Garcia, Lynn, Jay, and Krichuk all have had time on the DL.

        The Nats list is long, but includes guys like McLouth, Davis, Solis, and Rivero, who aren’t core players.

      • nats128 - Jun 30, 2015 at 9:46 AM

        Strasburg, Fister, and Gio on the DL

      • Section 222 - Jun 30, 2015 at 11:57 AM

        When was Gio on the DL? Cards have had Garcia, Wainwright, and Lynn on the DL, and Wainwright, their ace, is out for the season. Look, I’m not saying that the Nats haven’t had injuries, just that the statement that the Cards injuries are “nothing like the Nats” is up for debate.

      • nats128 - Jun 30, 2015 at 12:07 PM

        Your correct, Gio was not on the DL this year.

        They are missing Wainwright for the entire year. Nats have missed Rendon, RZ and Werth for what will be large parts of the year.

        The Cards have taken a hit to there pitching for certain.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    “@jonmorosi: Marlins have received multiple trade inquiries on Mat Latos and Dan Haren, sources say. Can move starter with Jose Fernandez’s return.”

    It is almost July 1. That means the Marlins fire sale is about to start.

    I hear Rizzo is quietly going to shop a starter to an AL team in return for prospects if he can get enough return. Then Rizzo can use some prospects for a trade for the set-up/closer/bullpen help he wants but doesn’t feel he needs.

    I guess that’s where Rizzo is on this that he doesn’t feel he has to do something but will only do something that makes sense long-term.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM

      Hmm … shop a current starter?

      Then who moves into the rotation? Roark has been shaky. Folks are agog over Ross, but three big-league starts isn’t much of a track record for trusting him every 5th game for the rest of the season.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2015 at 12:20 PM

        HH, very preliminary. Shake the trees and see what falls out. Most likely nothing happens. It’s like putting players on the waiver wire. Everyone gets worked up over it and nothing happens. On Saturday the season will be 1/2 over.

        You only need 4 starters for the postseason. Scherzer, JZim, Strasburg, +1

    • ehay2k - Jun 29, 2015 at 12:32 PM

      Hmm, maybe Rizzo would shop a major league ready prospect, but I don’t think the Nats will mess with the starting 5. There is very good clubhouse chemistry right now – why upset that? Besides, next year, Zimmnn and Fister are FA. Not sure who wants to rent those two guys or what they’d give up to do so. But Rizzo will want the equivalent of a sandwich pick, wouldn’t he? Seems pricey for a rental.

      That leaves Gio and Stras. Sorry, not gonna happen with Stras, and trading your only lefty? Doesn’t seem likely. That leaves our minor league guys and Roark. Treinen perhaps?

      Not sure who your source is, but I just can’t think of a way this would work Ghost.

      • nats128 - Jun 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

        I agree with you. Probaly wont happen but nothing wrong with as he says just shaking the tree. I guess if you can move Fister for a return great than a QO would bring back then may be you do go for it if it brings back a good return then you can move Joe Ross or Roark back to the rotation and add a 8th inning setup man to the mix.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 29, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        Yes, but …
        This is Rizzo we’re talking about. If someone had said he could get Fister for Lombardozzi, Krol, and Robbie Ray, they would have been … disagreed with.

      • ehay2k - Jun 30, 2015 at 6:38 PM






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