I was lucky enough to go to the game last night, and was amazed with the atmosphere. The crowd was there to see Stephen Strasburg, and I think even the fans with the biggest expectations weren’t disappointed. I went to the final game of the 1999 World Series and the fans weren’t hanging on every pitch the way they were last night. It was truly a joyous, excited crowd, and they didn’t even get down after he gave up a homer to fall behind 2-1. Before getting in to anything else, let’s take a look at some of the ridiculous things that occurred last night:
- Strasburg struck out 14 batters, third most all time for a debut.
- He struck out 14 batters, and walked zero. Nobody in his major league debut had struck out that many without walking anyone. (In fact, since 1900, it’s only happened 5 times, all non-debuts: Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Javier Vazquez, Mike Mussina, and Brad Penny)
- He struck out 14 hitters in 94 pitches – no pitcher had ever struck out that many in less than 96. EVER!
- Nobody on the Nationals had ever struck out 14 in one game.
- The Nats struck out 17 hitters. The last time this many were struck out in a 9 inning game was 1997. This pitching staff, by the way, is still last in the NL in strikeouts. Read the rest of this entry »