1. We get to do this every fifth day. This is just setting in now, and it is awesome. Case in point, this was the first time I’ve recorded a Nats game. Appointment programming! Let’s do it again Friday!
2. He didn’t have the good stuff. The fastball wasn’t hitting triple-digits, the curveball wasn’t falling off the table and the location wasn’t there. He still held Cleveland to two hits and one run in five-and-a-third. (Update: Despite what MASN’s gun was saying, Strasburg actually hit 100 nine times.)
3. He showed human emotion. The Strasbot 2010 kicked some dirt after issuing his fourth walk, prompting the grounds crew to come out and fix the mound, which was really irritating Strasburg.
4. Drew Storen saved his ass. Strasburg’s fellow 2009 first-rounder inherited and escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam. After 11.2 major league innings, Storen’s ERA is actually lower than St. Stephen’s.
5. Strasburg “is definitely a road show.” That was Rob Dibble’s quote, and it was a good one. I’m not sure what the announced attendance was, but Bob Carpenter said the Indians usually draw half that.
6. He needn’t throw strikes. Strasburg got at least three Ks on pitches way out of the strike zone (a fastball high, a sinker low and a curve in the dirt). Of course he did. He’s filthy, even on an off day.
7. The changeup goes deep. His one run allowed came from Travis Hafner’s homer on a low change, which is how Pittsburgh scored too. (Update: Maybe it wasn’t a changeup. Again, MASN’s gun was off.)
8. Dibble continues to be awful. His commentary on the pitch seen below, called a ball: “Here’s the pitch track. That’s strike three.” #firedibble.
9. Good for Adam Dunn. Like Ryan Zimmerman in Strasburg’s debut, a microcosm of Dunn’s fine season was seen in the spotlight as he homered, doubled, walked and leveled Carlos Santana on a non-play at the plate.