In no surprise here, Stephen Strasburg has been named the Washington Nationals Opening Day starter with Max Scherzer ready, but not 100% ready for the responsibilities. This will be his fourth Opening Day start and is coming off of a 3.60 ERA in 2016. During the offseason, he decided to pitch from the stretch no matter what the scenario is on base.
“I’m not trying to reinvent myself,” Strasburg said to The Washington Post. “But I’m trying to simplify things as much as I can.”
Doubtful this messes with his value or changes any mentality surrounding his ADP rating.
On the Agenda
- New York Matz
- Kipnis almost ready
- Extensions with Lucroy
New York Matz
Mike Puma reported Steve Matz will not be making his next scheduled start due to “irritation in his left elbow.”
The team is stressing he doesn’t have any structural damage, but at this point, during the spring training months, the precautionary measures are taken to an extreme. And I totally support that, because the Mets care what I think.
It’s also a bit worrisome considering the 25-year-old had surgery last October to remove a bone spur and is one of many pitchers to undergo Tommy John surgery.
He has a career 8.73 K/9 ratio and tossed a 3.40 ERA with the Mets last season.
He will not undergo an MRI but will play catch Monday to see if any additional steps need to be taken.