Stat of the day: Strasburg’s dazzling numbers

41, 1.78, .242 – Strikeouts, ERA and opponents’ on-base percentage for Nationals rookie Steven Strasburg in his first four major league starts.

The hard-throwing right-hander makes his fifth start Monday against the Braves and Tim Hudson, and a large crowd is expected at Turner Field to watch the latest chapter of the most-chronicled and buzzed-about season by any rookie pitcher.

Strasburg’s 41 strikeouts (in 25-1/3 innings) are a major league record for a picher’s first four starts, and he’s only issued five walks and allowed 19 hits.

Right-handed batters are 8-for-47 (.170) with a staggering one walk and 26 strikeouts against him. Lefties have fared a little better at 11-for-47 (.234) with two homers, four walks and 15 strikeouts.

Right-handed batters have an absurdly low .358 OPS (on base-plus-slugging percentage against him, while lefties have a .677 OPS.

It shapes up as a sensational matchup of Strasburg vs. Hudson, who is  8-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 14 career starts against the Nationals, including 7-0 with a 1.62 ERA in past 10.

Also, Hudson is 4-1 with a 1.87 ERA in five home starts this season.

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Chip Caray's Mousse

June 27th, 2010
8:17 pm

Let’s face it, Strasburg hasn’t pitched against a serious team yet. He also caught the White Sox before their surge. So, tomorrow’s game will be interesting. Let’s hope he gets a 2 in the “L” column after tomorrow’s game.

bobby

June 27th, 2010
8:25 pm

At least 12 k’s tomorrow night.

Bryan G.

June 27th, 2010
9:12 pm

I predict Chipper hurts an oblique missing a fastball

Dr.Phil

June 27th, 2010
9:51 pm

The kid will no-hit the Braves with 14 strike-outs!

TS

June 27th, 2010
9:53 pm

I agree Bryan!! hysterical.. Look forward to seeing the phenom in person

J-Hey

June 27th, 2010
10:06 pm

bryan and TS – do you guys suffer from short term memory loss? chipper just turned on a joel zumaya 100 mph fastball YESTERDAY. god think before you comment jeez

Hootie

June 27th, 2010
10:10 pm

I predict Chipper hurts his groin chasing after a Hooters girl…

Gil In Mechanicsville

June 27th, 2010
10:11 pm

difference is Strasburg does not throw anything stright

Bob horner pulled the ball

June 27th, 2010
10:14 pm

Ye of little faith…..Braves win 3-1…Chipper does the damage…I’m 42 and over weight..but I’d impregnate a Hooters girl if I could…..just sayin

Jeffreyc

June 27th, 2010
10:43 pm

Strasburg isa once in a lifetime Phenom, When wsa the lsat time one came along…. David Clyde?? 20 years a go??…. Strasburg goes a Long way to earn respect which he does, one game at a time, the Braves are only anohter statistical Casuality, unless TIme Hudson shows more Fortitude than he’s done so far…

jadarm

June 27th, 2010
11:12 pm

We can stack the lineup with lefties. Lot’s of “if’s” here but missing Heyward at his best is going to hurt us.

I hope they don’t blow this kid’s arm out with too many pitches in the first few years (ala;Wood, Pryor). If he really is this good we won’t have to worry about him for too many years because he will be in the AL East.

Make him throw pitches guys, get his pitch count up, Huddy, …just keep us in the game.

Boomer

June 27th, 2010
11:21 pm

I will be in the second row behind home plate in the cheap seats booing him from start to finish.

enz

June 28th, 2010
12:24 am

Loved seeing Sid Bream having fun out there the other day…Sid Sid Sid Sid Sid Sid
Sid Sid Sid Sid…
Pound Strasburg!

Keith

June 28th, 2010
12:42 am

Strasburg’s first real test on the road…well, first test period. I like a left-handed heavy lineup and 3 runs in the 1st!! I say don’t be toooo patient and he doesn’t walk much.

David, your prediction?

jj

June 28th, 2010
12:55 am

Brave fans,do we go at a pitcher like Cliff Lee or are we set with what we have?I believe we could use another quality starter if we are going to win this thing because I just feel that at present we will be able to hold off the Mets and Phillies if they upgrade their staffs.Some say we need a bat,but I believe with Matt coming bach,we might just have enough offense if Heyward is not seriously hurt.Pitching wins and right now I don’t know if we are strong enough up front.

Iceman

June 28th, 2010
8:13 am

Glaus, Heyward, McCann and Prado will eat him alive.

ippississiM

June 28th, 2010
8:41 am

Golden Moon Casino pavilion, third base side tonight, after sitting (and standing, and shouting) through yesterday’s debacle in sec. 408, row 14 yesterday. BTW, anyone looking for a hotel in the area, the Ramada Limited in Forest Park has impressed me for the price. I believe I’ll be using it every time I come to town from now on. Hotels.com got me a ridiculously cheap rate, and the airport shuttle was only 10 minutes to catch the MARTA red line to the game shuttle.

Chip Caray

June 28th, 2010
8:50 am

Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win!

Chip Caray

June 28th, 2010
8:52 am

Isn’t Heyward out of the lineup, with the thumb injury?

meh

June 28th, 2010
9:09 am

Strasburg hasn’t even face a team with a winning record yet. I’m gonna wait to see how does against a real team tonight before I declare him god of all pitchers.

ATL-Dolfan

June 28th, 2010
9:16 am

Heyward is out of the lineup with a thumb injury. I hope its not serious or something that will put him on the DL. We need him out there and he needs the AB’s.

Melky way

June 28th, 2010
9:37 am

A thumb can be a tricky thing look how long Matt has been out differant situation,but still a hand injury.When he comes back full speed I hope he lays off the head first slides.

Dirty Dawg

June 28th, 2010
9:46 am

They didn’t give us a chance to comment on the travails of young Mr. Hanson, but – and I ain’t no pitchin’ coach mind ya – it seems to me that the kid’s fastball just doesn’t have any movement at all and that they must have figured out when he’s throwing something else…as in ‘tippin’ it off’. Don’t recall the announcers mentioning that his velocity is down…just that his ‘location’ is off. Well every pitcher – other than Greg Maddux – has trouble with location from time to time, but many get away with it because their ball ‘moves’…Mr. Hanson’s doesn’t. With his release it’s pretty easy to see it coming out of his hand and it stays on plane – right to the barrel of the bat. Check his delivery…find out what he’s doing differently when he’s not throwing the FB. I mean, his slider and curve are good enough, but if the hitter has already decided to ‘lay off ‘em’, then what good are they when they aren’t thrown for strikes.? And he could use a ‘change-up’ too.

That’s about it, but if the kid doesn’t turn it around – maybe the National League hitters will be the solution – he looks to be one that won’t be able to handle the failures.

Runnin

June 28th, 2010
9:52 am

That big curve is what makes him so hard to hit. But he’s got to throw strikes just like any other pitcher. If the Braves can lay off the curve maybe they can get a few decent pitches to hit. Singles to the opposite field is all you may be able to get but sometimes that’s enough.

Melky way

June 28th, 2010
10:04 am

Everybody is so concerned about KK,my real concern is Hanson. He is so in love with his fast ball with no movement and no good change.I hope he can develope another pitch,a change of some kind with some movement.His last two starts have been ugly.He has alot of promise,but he seems to need some direction.Roger needs to work with this guy before his head gets bad!

Stan

June 28th, 2010
10:04 am

Braves always struggle against a pitcher the first time they see ‘em…

Go Braves!

June 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Heywards thumb has been hurt for a month now, wishful thinking if you believe sitting out a game or two is gonna heal it. I bet he misses 2 weeks or more.

Braves Win

June 28th, 2010
10:19 am

Braves have alot of very good left-handed batters,think we have a good shot to beat him.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 28th, 2010
10:26 am

so basically load the lineup tonight with lefties. braves will embarass him tonight- remember peeps, strassburg is human too.

dawgs01

June 28th, 2010
10:36 am

Braves got this. Welcome to HOTLANTA Strasburg your about to sweat your a55 off biaaatch.

Remarkable

June 28th, 2010
10:37 am

Dave, I don’t know about you, but I feel good about our chances against Strasburg. Since “lefties have a .677 OPS” against him, Melky Cabrera, Eric Hinske, Gregor Blanco, Chipper Jones, Brian McCann all either bat Lefty or Switch Hit. Plus we can bring Jason Heyward (if available), Brooks Conrad, Nate McLouth and even Kris Medlen off the bench to bat lefty. What do you say?

Clint

June 28th, 2010
10:47 am

The Ted is going to be rocking tonight! Hells yeah!

Sunny

June 28th, 2010
10:55 am

Strasburg will go lights out, but the rest of the team has to show up. I think the Braves might get a hit or two, but they’ll really turn it up when the bullpen takes the mound and give Stras. another ND.

chad

June 28th, 2010
11:15 am

Time to sit Hanson. Hitters can see his pitch coming a mile away due to his delivery. When JJ comes back keep Medlin and sit or deal Hanson.

clay

June 28th, 2010
11:21 am

Man im so excited about this game. I have’nt been to a game with this demeanor in a long time. The crowd is going to be into it too., makes the hair stand up on my arms. I live for this s***. We will get into strasburg tonight. We are the most patient team in the majors. I say he walks atleast 5. GO BRAVES. I have a feeling hinske, chipper, and mccan will have a big night with atleast 2 hits a piece.

clay

June 28th, 2010
11:23 am

Chad- Are you serious dude? Time to sit or deal Hanson. You have got to be kidding me. He has made two bad starts. So what KK had 9 straight bad starts. This kid has so many good years ahead of him. Every pitcher goes through slumps just like every batter goes through slumps. I really cant believe you said that.

Ted M

June 28th, 2010
11:26 am

Hanson’s ERA & BAA are both now higher the KK’s

Melky way

June 28th, 2010
11:27 am

Chad have you bumped your head. why would they get rid of Hanson,because of two bad starts.Sure he needs to make some adustments.I am sure you were kidding!

Ted M

June 28th, 2010
11:44 am

Hanson is a really good pitcher and is going to have a great career.

I have have a feeling that KK is going to go on a winning streak.

BC has a tough choice to make Jair gets back.

Ted M

June 28th, 2010
11:45 am

Sit Medlen and give KK a couple more starts.

Rhino

June 28th, 2010
11:54 am

I can’t wait for this game. Although, for Braves fans it’s kind of scary. Oh, well. It will be fun. I’m glad Heyward is sitting and not facing Strasburg while struggling.

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clay

June 28th, 2010
11:57 am

Ted- There is no way you can sit medlen. How can you even say that? He is 5-1 since starting for JJ. KK is now 1-9. Hanson is 7-4, even after two consecutive losses. Medlen gives us the best chance to win. When Hanson rights the ship, can you imagine a starting rotation with Hudson,Lowe,Medlen,JJ, and Hanson. Thats the best rotation in baseball.

Ted M

June 28th, 2010
11:59 am

Braves team BA is 25 points higher against righties then lefties. Hudson will be able to shut down Washington. Braves win 3 to 1.

ACE

June 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

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Ted M

June 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

Clay – It is a really tough choice to make. You should not make this decision based on won/loss record but on how well a pitcher is pitching and they are both pitching well. I’m just saying give KK 2 more starts and see what happens.

.579

June 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

3-0 Nats……..bank on it! :(

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June 28th, 2010
12:49 pm

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clay

June 28th, 2010
12:56 pm

I will take money to the bank on that. 20 bucks it doesnt happen.

CSpin

June 28th, 2010
12:57 pm

Are the Mets for real?

Know How

June 28th, 2010
12:58 pm

Prado – 3 hits
Chipper – 1 hit, 1 walk
McCann – 2 walks
Glaus – 2 hits, 2 HR’s, 5 RBI’s

Pete

June 28th, 2010
1:05 pm

The Braves “very average” hitters have trouble hitting rookie pitchers just brought up from AA, with bases loaded they couldn’t hit an average high school pitcher from North Dakota, against a phenom like Strasburg it’s going to be downright embarrassing, probably 15 to 16 K’s.
At least they won’t leave the bases loaded for the 467th time !!!

Nats fan

June 28th, 2010
1:22 pm

This game is going to be a good one. Let’s go, Nationals!

Chip Caray

June 28th, 2010
1:24 pm

It’s a very good thing when a team is so rich in starting pitching, that the manager has to decide which pitcher goes to the pen, and which one starts.

The solution to the KK vs. Medlin debate (in my humble opinion) is…..place JJ in the pen when he returns.
Let JJ work out of the pen in long relief a few games, and then make the decision on the starting rotation.

Just Pat

June 28th, 2010
1:31 pm

I couldn’t get Sat.’s game anywhere on TV no matter how hard I searched, BUT……..leaving it on “Scoreguide” and watching that update, I was basically able to “call” the game myself. Knew that someone had hit a home run (didn’t know who until the highlights, of course) AND knew there were a BUNCH of walks being given up when I wasn’t getting any updates for a LONG time. Wasn’t sure how the last run scored until the highlights but had guessed at a walk in run. Been a Braves fan for so long and have watched so many games, I was pretty proud of myself. :-)

Auburn Fan

June 28th, 2010
1:34 pm

I am predicting a no hitter.

Chip Caray

June 28th, 2010
1:35 pm

what is moderation?

extremus

June 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

There’s a reason they play the games. Strasburg, if he stays healthy, certainly looks to become one of this generation’s dominant pitchers. But a great thing about baseball perhaps more than any other major pro sport is that on any given day, anybody can beat anybody. Nolan Ryan had fits against the Atlanta Braves during his career, much of this during those awful years of sometimes 100-loss seasons. Why? Who knows; certain players and teams just fare better against certain opponents. And obviously this Braves team is better than that; Strasburg will likely be tough as nails, but Hudson’s a great competitor and I think it won’t be easy for the Nationals rookie to walk away from this one with a W.

It’ll be fun to hopefully watch Strasburg and Heyward battle it out for Rookie of the Year and eventually create many great memories for their respective cities (assuming they can stay off of the Yankees or other big-market payroll and remain hometown icons). Here’s to the spirit of competition in the NL East, now perhaps the toughest division in baseball. Go Braves!!!!

Chip Caray

June 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

Yeah, Hudson might throw a no-hitter.

Rhino

June 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

Pete- that pitcher was a leftie. Braves don’t hit lefties as well.

1966 Falcons

June 28th, 2010
1:46 pm

.579, your “bank” just failed. Braves 2, Nats 0.

jim

June 28th, 2010
1:50 pm

Maybe the braves should promote the kid they signed from Virginia for tonight’s game.

Kidding aside, Strasburg is usually out of the game by the 7th inning. The Braves have to be sure not to lose it early and perhaps win it late.

braves fan

June 28th, 2010
1:57 pm

huddy is going to be lights out

Fredi

June 28th, 2010
2:15 pm

This guy is due for a bad outing. Tonight would be a good time and place for it.

Bill

June 28th, 2010
2:30 pm

New pitchers always give Braves a hard time. That said, I believe Braves will knock him out by 5th and win this game.

clay

June 28th, 2010
2:34 pm

Hudson does have a great chance to throw a no hitter tonight. Hes got the stuff to do it

gene garbage

June 28th, 2010
2:41 pm

Tonights game shouldn’t last more than 2 hrs and 15 min. we all should be in bed early, tonite. may come down to who makes the one bone-headed play to give up a run or two..if i’m the manager of the braves, i bunt, a whole lot, early and often. make him get off the mound a move around some in this heat and see if you can’t shake him up a little.

as far as Tommy goes, i think he has a little of that ‘dead arm syndrome’, which actually can become an issue with pitchers. his velocity (91-92) just don’t seem to the same. and yes, it does make a difference when you normally throw 95-96. especially when you telegraph the ball like he does. may see him going on the DL for 15 days when JJ comes back to give him a little rest for the home stretch. that’ll give bobby another way of giving KK a few more weeks to see if he can turn things around. we all know how bobby likes to give a guy a lot longer to get things right. way more times than not. most of us would’ve cut Glaus back in April, right? see ya at game time..

DJ

June 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

They should re-name the washington nationals to the Strasburg’s. That is all you hear out of washington these days, except for the crap obamas doing :P

Nachmann

June 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

Has the Strasburg hype really eclipsed Fernando-mania? It’s human nature to think the latest, big thing is the biggest in history. But, is it? Not sure in this case.

RED MAN

June 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

STRASBURG WILL HAVE 11 STRIKE OUTS AND 1 HIT THE BRAVES TONIGHT…

jim

June 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

Gene Junkman

I have the same observation on Hanson. His velocity on the fastball yesterday was mostly 91. Only once did he reach 95. The curve and slider do not seem as sharp as they were last year or even earlier this year. The dead arm would mean that not only the velocity but movement on the ball would be affected. I think it is important that Cox tries to save innings for Hanson and Medlen (and maybe JJ as well). It won’t happen because it is too unconventional, but using KK as a swing starter to relieve at least Hanson and Medlen of some innings would be the best solution to the Braves surplus of starters.

Tomahawk

June 28th, 2010
5:55 pm

best thing the braves can do is put heyward on the dl. its obvious that his thumb isnt going away. two weeks without heyward is better than spending the entire season with an ineffective heyward.

CSpin

June 28th, 2010
9:47 pm

“STRASBURG WILL HAVE 11 STRIKE OUTS AND 1 HIT THE BRAVES TONIGHT…”

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA

JJ

June 29th, 2010
7:50 am

BRAVES WIN! BEAT STRASBURG!

Ralph

June 29th, 2010
2:40 pm

Great expectations for the rokie, seems I remember the same thing for another young rockie about one year ago named Tommy Hanson.

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