After the Nats lost to the Mets in the first game of a double header I was a little frustrated and decided to take on someone trolling the Nats season. In this case it was Casey Stern who hosts a daily show on XM radio every day with Jim Bowden (yes that Jim Bowden)
There is this strange mental disorder that inflicts normally sane people that belives that if only Stephen Strasburg were on on the active roster in the playoffs the Nats bullpen would not have blown game 5 of the ALDS. This theory goes that somehow a pitcher who had a 5.00 ERA in September before he was shutdown was going to somehow turn it on and pitch better than his replacement Ross Detwiler, who gave up zero runs in his playoff start. Let me say that again: His replacement gave up zero runs in the playoffs. This is how it went:
There you have it. The Strasburg shutdown talk that is still going on is not actually about the facts of the situation, it is about some irrational dislike of the Nationals franchise. The Nats and Mike Rizzo apparently broke some sacred tradition of not burning up young pitchers and pitchers recovering from reconstructive arm surgery if your team has a 1/8 shot of winning with the World Series. This unwritten rule of baseball needs to be added to the unwritten rule book in the chapter: Things Idiots Think.
- People who think they are smarter at baseball than Mike Rizzo (halfstreetheartattack.com)