On Strasburg's initial diagnosis and other stuff.
Yesterday, some eagle eyed genius noted that Strasburg was initially diagnosed with a flexor strain... in 2010 before Tommy John. Yep. So don't count your chicken before their wing joints are given a second look over. However, it's also worth noting that the Nats pretty much called for the second MRI in 2010 within 48 hours of the first one. They didn't have much confidence in the initial diagnosis. They don't seem to be heading down that path with this injury. The review today is really just a second set of eyes.
I bounced around and no one thinks Strasburg will pitch again this year. An extreme optimist could in fact put him back on the mound during the NLDS but I don't see how the Nats can justify that, not with their "overabundance of caution" approach.
If you are curious Max Scherzer has NEVER started a game on less than 4 days rest and all his regular season less than 4 days of rest relief appearences took place in his rookie year. He does have 2 relief appearances with 3 days of rest in the playoffs. In 2011 he came in in relief of Doug Fister, faced 6 batters over 1 and a third and gave up two singles. In 2013 he came in relief of Fister again. In his first inning he gave up 2 singles and a run. In his second he gave up a leadoff walk and then a double but was able to strand them there.
1,1,1,4,2,3,4,3,4 These are the number of runs scored by the Nats in their last 9 non-Atlanta games. The Mets (good) are in there but so are the Phillies (not good) and the Rockies (also not good). It's hard to read given those ATL games are there but basically Zimmerman (now hitting .217 / .274 / .379!) is a real problem. Robinson (.125 / .176 / .125 in past 2 weeks) isn't helping. Neither Ramos (.194 / .240 / .280 since August 9th) or Espinosa (.198 / .294 / .302 about same time frame) has hit for a month. It's going to be hard to go far if someone doesn't turn around here and who do you like? This shouldn't surprise you for Zimm or Espy, so I guess Ramos? I mean, he was due for a drop but he's better than this. Thing is he's getting up to his max PA for a season since 2011 and last year when he got to the end of the year he died as well .189 / .206 / .305 in Sept/Oct. So there is reason to believe that this is just how this season (still great, mind you) is going to end for him.