[ed. note - "Every week throughout this season, hopefully, if they'll continue to have me, I'll be writing a post over at MASNSports.com's Nationals Buzz, "... as part of MASNsports.com's season-long initiative of welcoming guest," writers to their site. All opinions expressed are my own... A sample follows... You can read the entire post HERE or through the link included below."]:
Stephen Strasburg's second major league start took place in Cleveland's Progressive Field on June 13, 2010. After a dazzling 14-strikeout major league debut at Nationals Park, the Nats and Strasburg took the show on the road. The game between a 31-33 Nationals team and a 25-37 Indians team was picked up on a national broadcast solely because Strasburg was going to be on the mound. In the first two games of that three-game weekend set, the Indians drew 22,041 Friday night and 19,484 Saturday to a park that had drawn a league-worst average of 16,023 to that point. The Sunday matinee sold tickets to 32,876 fans. There were Strasburg jerseys for sale in Progressive Field.
The entire baseball world was watching.
Strasburg threw 95 pitches in 5 1/3 innings of work that Sunday afternoon, walked five, struck out eight and earned the second win of his major league career. Not everyone was bowled over, however. Though he was impressed with what he saw from the Nationals' 2009 first-round pick, Indians Hall of Famer Bob Feller said after the start he was withholding judgement.
"Call me when he wins his first 100," Feller told reporters.
• ESPN's Baseball Tonight on Stephen Strasburg's return:
• [ed note - "Someone needs to tell Curt Schilling to update his Strasburg talking points. "He's never thrown a competitive pitch in the eighth inning of a ballgame in the big leagues..." Really Curt? See 5/16 vs San Diegeo; 5/26 vs Philadelphia."]