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Nats should let Strasburg pitch
Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg has only one start left.
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YOU KNOW I've got to weigh in on the Stephen Strasburg debate.
The plan is for Strasburg, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, to be shut down after 170 innings or so of pitching this season.
That decision came last spring when a .500 season for the young Washington Nationals would have been considered a sweet victory.
Instead, the Nats are 30 games over .500 and have led the National League East for most of the season. Now the team is almost guaranteed a playoff berth and is eyeing its first pennant.
Once in the playoffs, Washington, with a superior pitching staff, would have a great chance of getting to the World Series and bringing a world championship to the nation's capital.
Your grandfather probably wasn't born the last time that feat was accomplished.
But Strasburg, who is among the league leaders in wins, earned run average and strikeouts, has been told that he will just sit on the bench and watch the playoffs.
No matter that he says his arm feels fine. Just sit on the bench. Let that arm rest. Save him for the future.
Hey! For the Nationals, the future is now. Yes, the Nats are a good, young club, but that does not mean they will ever be in a position to get into a World Series again.
With free agency taking players away and injuries always popping up, there is no guarantee that the Nats will even be a .500 team next year. Yes, they have played well this season, but anyone who has watched the team on a regular basis knows that they have been lucky, too.
Washington has won at least a dozen games they should not have put in the win column. This appears to be one of those magical years that comes along once in a player's lifetime. This year, the Nats seem to be a team of destiny.
If I were 24 years old and asked to give up a chance to play in a World Series, I would pitch a fit like you have never seen.
Sure, I know that Nats have a big investment in Strasburg, but money isn't everything.
Besides, if it is all about money, think how much winning a World Series would be worth to Washington.