Last night come rain, thunder, or lightning, Stephen Strasburg made one of his last starts of the 2012 season. The right-hander’s pitch meter now sits at 145 1/3 innings with his impending shutdown looming. Strasburg—notwithstanding the Nationals winning record—has propelled the Nationals to become of the hottest topics across the nation on. General Manager Mike Rizzo is standing by his plan to eventually shut the pitcher down. There is no clear innings limit, although it’s speculated to be around 160-180 innings.
Now everyone has suddenly become and expert and has an opinion about shutting down Stephen Strasburg, whether that is a yes or no. There are a lot of questions and (unknown) variables that factor into the impending Strasburg shutdown.
- Why should the Nationals shut down Strasburg, arguably one of their top pitchers if they’re in the hunt for the postseason?
- Will Strasburg resent the Nationals for shutting him down?
- What if the Nationals don’t shut Strasburg down? How will that affect his arm and career in the future?
- Will the Nationals still be able to compete without Strasburg?
There’s also a lot of other theories surrounding how the Nationals could (or some people think should handle Strasburg’s situation);
- Skip starts
- Go to a six man rotation
- Reduce his innings