Strasburg is the awesomest! At the same time you can't read a lot into it, unless you want to read alot into all those horrible innings pitched so far by the Nats other top starters and nearly everyone slated to be in the bullpen this year. He looked good and is healthy. That's all you can ask leading into the season.
As for the other phenom, Ian Desmond had a big double and drove in a couple runs yesterday. He's currently batting .500 / .563 / .857 and you're hearing the calls for him to start. Of course there are two, well three, problems with that.
- It's been 14 at bats. In practical terms, he's almost had a good week of hitting.
- It's the Spring. These stats mean nothing.*
- Guzman paid, that's all I got to say.
*Quick: Who lead the Nats in hitting last spring? That's right Jose Castillo. Who was second (with any meaningful at bats?) . Right again, Alex Cintron. 2008: Ronnie Belliard & Pete Orr. 2007: Flores, Guzman, & Zimmerman. (Guzman would have a good year - the other two not so much.) 2006: DeFelice, Zimmerman, Wiki Gonzalez. And this is with 30+ at bats. If I drop it down to Desmond's current level you get to guys you have to look-up their first names. S Watkins, H Cota, J Dubois.