Game 2 of the Strasburg era wasn't the same level of awesomeness of game 1 but it shouldn't have done anything to Nats' fans wild exuberance. He was still unhittable (just 2). He still kept them down in runs (just 1). He still struck out a ton of guys (8). So he got a little wild. His control is better than this. Look at college. 1.9 BB/9 Look at the minors. 2.1 BB/9. Not to mention Game 1 (0 walks) This is not one of those kids that have all the talent in the world and just need to harness it. He can harness it. This was just one of those days.
Strasburg has 22 Ks now bringing him into a tie with John Lannan. Livan leads all Nats starters with 33. Clippard all Nats with 48. He'll certainly lead all Nats starters in K's by the All-Star break. He should pass Livan if not in 10 days, then in 15. Catching Clippard by then will be a bit tougher, but I think he can do it.
It's now mid-June and Pudge is almost batting .340. It's been 6 years since Pudge has had an offensive year anything like this. I assume this is karmic returns for LoDuca being a complete nothing last year.
Still Pudge needs to hit .340 because his power is gone and he doesn't take a walk. When the options for you are "hit a single" or "get an out" you need to get a lot of singles to make it worthwhile for you to be in the lineup. Take a look at Guzman. A .304 average looks pretty good, but because he doesn't walk (.327 OBP) and doesn't get XBH (.379), he's not a positive offensively.
Speaking of someone that can take a walk, in 100 less PAs, Roger Bernandina already has 4 more walks than Guzman (and only 2 less XBHs) I don't think he's as good as he's been hitting the past week or so, but if he can keep getting on base and hitting for a little pop he might just be enough above average to fill the RF hole (for the rest of this year).