The befuddling aspect to me is the absense of vigorous argument from Strassberg, whose basic posture has been that he gets his information from the internet and that the decision is out of his hands.
Give me a break.
At 24 and obviously healthy, with his team hopeful that Strassberg represents repeated victories in the playoffs and no guarantee that the Nationals will advance that far next year or for several years, shouldn’t Strassberg be hammering on Rizzo’s desk and demanding to pitch out the season—no matter how far it goes?
Instead, he is apparently satisfied pitching every fifth day into September and watching the golf channel in between starts.
Rosters expand in September, so Strassberg will ultimately slip into an abyss and not be included on the 25 player post-season roster.
The Nationals lead the NL in team earned-run average at 3.23, but Gio Gonzalez, 16-6, is the only Nationals pitcher other than Strassberg in double figures in wins.
Will Strassberg be missed? What do his teammates really think, and what happens if another Nationals starters gets hurt in October when Strassberg won’t be available? Shouldn’t he be showing some annoyance at this decision, even though it is designed to extend his career in the view of Rizzo and Boras?
It is possible that no prospective division winner has ever arbitrarily sat its ace, as the Nationals are about to do on the eve of the post-season.
It is possible that no ace has ever simply shrugged and slipped away with a similar whimper instead of a bang.
Posted: August 22, 2012 at 03:58 PM | 126 comment(s)
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