Nothing is more disturbing as a fan than team front office officials meddling in on-the-field issues.
At some point Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is going to turn the lights on the dream season in the nation’s capital. Rizzo has confirmed at some point he will pull the plug on Nat’s ace Stephen Strasburg season to save his arm for the future.
Mike, the future is now!
Since his arrival in 2010, Stephen Strasburg has been everything we’ve expected. His early recovery from Tommy John surgery was as encouraging as it was remarkable. The Nationals hold a 4 1/2 game lead in the NL East thanks to a talented young staff that includes: Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmerman, Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler. Losing Strasburg at any point between now and the late season push could jeopardize their postseason hopes.
Mike Rizzo has a cutoff for the number of innings that he would like to see Strasburg pitch. Speculation has that number somewhere between 160 and 170 innings. If the Nationals pull away in early September that could be an opportunity for Rizzo to shrink his number of innings pitched per outing. But what if the Braves and Mets continue to give chase as expected, remember the month of September is usually full of divisional meetings.
Strasburg is 10-4 with 2.66 ERA and leads the NL with 135 strikeouts. He is now at 105 innings pitched.
When speaking to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, Rizzo left no questions about who was calling the shots on this decision.
“There is no magic number,” Rizzo said. “It will be the eye test. (Manager) Davey (Johnson) won’t decide and ownership won’t decide. It will be the general manager, and that’s me.”
I say let the right arm of Stephen Strasburg have the final say.
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