Did everyone see Stephen Strasburg‘s debut on Tuesday? If you didn’t you missed a truly historic performance. Strasburg managed to exceed the seemingly un-exceedable hype while tallying 7 innings, 4 hits, 14 breathtaking K’s, and his first big league win. His fastball had more movement than any I’ve ever seen and his curveball had me shouting at my tv in amazement. His only mistake was a changeup that Delwyn Young took out of the park for a 2-run homer, but Strasburg kept his composure and finished by striking out the last SEVEN batters that he faced. I can honestly say that I’ll remember this game for the rest of my life, even if it ends up being the best one of his career ($5 says it won’t be).
What a frustrating loss today. Elite prospect Justin Masterson is rushed up from AA to make an emergency start and goes above and beyond expectations. 6 innings of 2 hit ball – you can’t ask for more than that. He leaves the game with the lead and then just like that the bullpen gives it all back. Neither Lopez nor Delcarmen could record an out, each allowing 2 earned runs. Maybe Delcarmen hadn’t fully recovered from the flu.
In any event, there were some bright spots. Ortiz’s average continues to rise as he is now at .189 after hitting his 4th HR and picking up RBI number 19 and 20. Crisp had a great game, going 2-4 with 2 doubles, a run scored, 2 RBI, and 2 stolen bases, although he did make his first error of the year. It was good to see Youkilis back, but Varitek was still missing and Ellsbury got the start in right over Drew. Word is Lowell will be back tomorrow, which is great news for the club but could mean a demotion for Jed Lowrie, who has been outstanding so far while playing second, third, and shortstop.
From a superstitious stand point, there wasn’t too much I could do about this one. I was starting a new streak and therefore a new tie, I simply picked the wrong one. Also, I was in school during the game so I couldn’t even watch it. I’ll try a different one tomorrow and hopefully we can get back on track in Tampa.