Now, before we start talking about how the team is a little girl skipping through the flowers in the sunny meadow, they are now screwing with the fans. A mere one start before Strasburg's debut, they should know exactly what the plan is. If they don't know now they really are a bunch of screw ups that shouldn't be running a major league team. But I don't think this group is like that and neither (probably) do you. So why not say now exactly what day Strasburg will start? If it is, like everyone thinks, June 8th, keeping Strasburg on the 5 day schedule, why not say it? There's only one reason. Greed.
They want to sell tickets to every game in that Pirates series (a series that would be slated to be very sparsely attended) to wring every dollar out of the fans. It's one thing to delay a decision and accept the little advantages it gives you. It's another to not announce a decision to purposely gain that advantage.
I keep imagining the worst case scenario. The Nats start Strasburg on the 3rd, as per every 5th day would have it, then decide on the 4th or the 5th that he'll start on the 9th or the 10th. Wouldn't that be just a total jerk move, so blatantly made to squeeze blood from the stone that is the Nats fanbase, that you'd just have to question what kind of bastards are running this show?
At least that's what I would think. The Nats didn't need to make a decision any earlier than need be, but now the time has come. Just say it's the 8th, please.