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FBb On MASN: Facing Washington Nationals' Starter Stephen Strasburg

New York Mets' right-hander Matt Harvey has impressed everyone in baseball over his first three starts this year, but tonight's matchup with Washington Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg is the talk of the majors this afternoon. At 7:10 pm EST the two starters face off in New York's Citi Field.

Jim McIsaac

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"After missing most of the 2011 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery, [Stephen] Strasburg brought out the best in two young pitchers he faced in starts against Tampa Bay and Colorado in 2012. '05 6th Round pick Chris Archer, who was the Rays' top-ranked right-hander before the 2012 season according to Baseball America, made his MLB debut opposite Strasburg in June last summer, struggling and giving up three runs (one earned) in the first, but battling as the Rays fought their way back into the game and completing five scoreless frames after the shaky first.

"Two starts later in Nationals Park, Strasburg faced 2010 1st Round pick Drew Pomeranz, 23, who allowed just one hit that night and left the game with a 3-0 lead after six scoreless against the Nationals in the nation's capital. Pomeranz earned his first win of the year after going 0-3 in his first six starts last season.

"The Nationals' right-handed ace has to be used to it by now. Tonight in New York's Citi Field, Strasburg goes up against another highly-regarded young pitcher who's looking forward to facing the most-hyped starter to come along in the last decade. 24-year-old Mets' 2010 1st Round pick Matt Harvey is (3-0) three starts into his second major league season with a 0.82 ERA, 2.22 FIP, six walks (2.45 BB/9) and 25 Ks (10.23 K/9) in 22.0 innings pitched. Strasburg, now 24, is (1-2) with a 2.95 ERA, 3.14 FIP, fives walks (2.45 BB/9) and 15 Ks (7.36 K/9) in three starts and 18.1 IP."

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