Welcome to The Show, Mr. Strasburg.
Hell, Steven Strasburg is the show.
He certainly was last night, as he put on quite a show vs. the Pirates on national television. In the most heralded major league pitching debut in generations, Strasburg lived up to the hype, and that may be an understatement. He played the Harlem Globetrotters to the Pirates' Washington Generals. In seven seemingly effortless innings, Strasburg struck out 14 Pirates, including the final seven he faced.
As columnist Gene Collier summarized in this morning's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ...
"He struck out every Pirate in the lineup.
"He struck out seven in a row as the Nationals closed the curtain after 94 pitches, costing him a chance to tie the big league record of 20, even as his manager later admitted he could have thrown 194."
Lincoln is supposed to start this evening's game vs. the Nationals. Tabata apparently will play left field on at least a semi-regular basis, with Lastings Milledge moving to right and Garrett Jones to first base.
Jones will take over first in place of Jeff Clement, who joins Charlie Morton in exile in Indianapolis. It's possible neither Clement nor Morton will ever make it back to The Show.