Yesterday the buzz throughout the MLB was the return of Stephen Strasburg. I have to admit that I was curious to get my first look at this supposed phenom after all the publicity he had last year. With all the press he got, I almost expected to see some type of super performance with fastballs clocked well over 100 mph like those of Cinncinati’s Aroldis Chapman who has thrown 105 mph. Strasburg was good and had command of his fastballs that routinely hit 97 mpg and touched 99 mph.
Strasburg shut out the Dodgers over five innings with just 56 pitches thrown, four short of his 60 pitch limit. Maybe he is not a supernatural freak, like the subject of a fantasy baseball movie or Twilight Zone episode, but he looked like he could be the Nats version of Clayton Kershaw some day.
All of this is great news for Rubby De La Rosa, who must have been watching with keen interest. If Strasburg and several other pitchers could successfully pitch in a major league game just over a year from Tommy John surgery, the prospects for De La Rosa are bright indeed. Of course each person reacts differently to the surgery and arduous rehab process. But the chances suddenly look good that we may see a return of our 100 mph fireballer a year from now.
The Dodgers made a great comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the rain delayed game and finished on top 7-3 with some clutch hitting by Rod Barajas and Andre Ethier.
Hopefully today Mattingly will put Jerry Sands in the lineup either in a corner OF spot or at 1B. Sands finished with 29 homers and 88 RBI in 370 at-bats at high altitude Albuquerque. It will be interesting to see if he has home run power at sea level Washington, D.C.
This Day in Dodgers History
September 7, 1962 – With four steals in a 10-1 loss to the Pirates, Dodger Maury Wills breaks the modern National League record for stolen bases in a season with his 82nd swipe. Cincinnati’s Bob Bescher established the mark in 1911 playing left field with Cincinnati.