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WASHINGTON - JUNE 08:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches the first pitch of the game to Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 08: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches the first pitch of the game to Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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New York Mets
@ Washington Nationals

Saturday, Jul 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT
Nationals Park

R.A. Dickey vs Stephen Strasburg

Sunny. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

DC Starting Lineup:

  1. NMIMH Nyjer Morgan - CF
  2. TAWH Willie Harris - RF
  3. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B (Word.)
  4. THE BIG DECISION LOOMING!!! - 1B
  5. The Hammer Josh Willingham - LF
  6. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez - C
  7. Adam Kennedy (aka Dunnside Assistance) - 2B
  8. Ian "The Future" Desmond - SS
  9. Stephen Strasburg - SP

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Stephen Strasburg

#37 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-4

220

R

R

Jul 20, 1988

'09 SDSU Stats - (13-1), 1.32 ERA, 15 GS, 2 CG, 109.0 IP, 59 H, 16 ER, 19 BB (1.57 BB/9), 195 K's (16.1K/9).

AFL Stats - (4-1), 4.26 ERA, 5 GS, 19.0 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 3 HR, 7 BB, 23 K's, 1.16 WHIP.

ST 2010 - (1-0), 2.00 ERA, 3 GS, 9.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 12 K's.

'10 - (Final Double-A Harrisburg) - (3-1), 5 GS, 22.0 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 6 BB (2.45 BB/9), 27 K's (11.05 K/9), 1.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP.

'10 - (Final Triple-A Syracuse) - (4-1), 6 GS, 33.1 IP, 18 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB (1.89 BB/9), 38 K's (10.26 K/9), 1.08 ERA, 0.75 WHIP.

'10 - (w/ DC) - (2-2), 5 GS, 31.2 IP, 2.27 ERA, ERA+ = 183, 1.57 FIP, 7 BB (1.99 BB/9), 48 K's (13.64 K/9), 1.01 WHIP.

vs NYM - N/A



R.A. Dickey

#43 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-2

215

R

R

Oct 29, 1974

'09 Stats - (1-1), 35 G, 1 GS, 64.1 IP, 4.62 ERA, ERA+ = 95, 4.99 FIP, 30 BB (4.20 BB/9), 42 K's (5.88 K/9), 1.62 WHIP.

'10 Stats - (6-1), 8 GS, 51.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, ERA+ = 136, 3.04 FIP, 5 BB (2.63 BB/9), 38 K's (6.66 K/9), 1.29 WHIP.

vs DC - (0-1), 3 G, 2 GS, 9.2 IP, 13 H, 9 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 5 K's, 8.38 ERA, 2.07 WHIP, .342 BAA.


Washington Nationals' Skipper Jim Riggleman phoned in to the Sirius/XM MLB Network Radio show "First Pitch" with Rob Dibble and Jim Memolo this morning, and Mr. Riggleman discussed what it's like dealing with the circus that goes with every Stephen Strasburg start:

Jim Riggleman: "...you're trying to win the game and you're trying to win it in six or seven innings....you know, because he's going to be fairly limited. That's just where we're at, that's an organizational decision that's been made that we're probably looking at seven innings tops on most nights. The other day, he went six and his pitch count indicated this may be the first time he actually goes eight, and the game didn't turn out the way we wanted, but somebody's gotta finish that game off, we gotta have some runs. What you want to do is be winning in six, because when you turn it over to your bullpen you want to turn it over to [Drew] Storen, [Tyler] Clippard and [Matt] Capps and not some people in the bullpen who maybe generally pitch when you're losing. So, it's a little bit a dilemma, but we gotta create some runs early when he's pitching."

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