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Strasburg decision unpopular in Nats' clubhouse

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08:14 AM ET 08.14 | Forgive the Nationals for not being all that fired up about watching Stephen Strasburg sit. Inside the Nationals' clubhouse, the decision is understood. It is also unpopular. Players live in the moment. They are aware that no matter how promising both Strasburg's and the Nationals' futures appear, they may never have another moment like this one. The notion of playoff baseball in Washington is becoming real. The Nationals have the best record in baseball and a legitimate chance to challenge for a World Series. And their front office, righteous in its belief, will ask them to play without their best pitcher. "I get their side," first baseman Adam LaRoche said. "But our side is, the playoffs aren't guaranteed."

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August 14, 2012  08:37 AM ET

All the veteran guys on the team must really love this decision if it does happen....they aren't getting any younger...and you never know how many chances to win a championship you will get....

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August 14, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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I think even the kids are pissed. What if they never have this type of season again, and they all enter FA? Wouldn't they be more attractive with a breakout playoffs on their resume? And even down to desire? It's wrong on the Nationals to do Strasburg like this. Limit his Sept. innings, sit him for a couple weeks. But a complete shutdown is absurd, even with his TJ recovery.

I think that's what they'll do............i.e start limiting his innings and have him take 6-8 days between starts. He'll play in post-season (if they get there). If not, what the heck.........we won the Series in 1924. We'll have more chances.

August 14, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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All the veteran guys on the team must really love this decision if it does happen....they aren't getting any younger...and you never know how many chances to win a championship you will get....

I don't know how you can cripple yourself by sitting your ace when you have this sort of opportunity.

August 14, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Will the medical 'experts' dictate the number of innings or Mike Rizzo, the GM? You can't sit-down your best SP for the season with the playoffs and possibily a chance at the WS staring you in the face.

August 14, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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I don't know how you can cripple yourself by sitting your ace when you have this sort of opportunity.

I agree. I'm not sure why they didn't stretch him out more over the course of the entire season, rather than shutting him down in the stretch run.

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August 14, 2012  09:36 AM ET

The thing is, are they even going to address the initial problem of Strassburg's flawed pitching mechanics? Otherwise, is the kid glove treatment even going to help long term?

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August 14, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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I agree. I'm not sure why they didn't stretch him out more over the course of the entire season, rather than shutting him down in the stretch run.

Exactly. They should have been skipping a start here and there all season long.

August 14, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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Well, now that Utley and Howard are healthy I don't see them at the top of the division next year, the other NL East teams caught a break this year as the Phillies had the 'perfect storm' of injuries.Heck, they unloaded Victorino and Pence and seem to be playing better ball, I look forward to next season.The REAL question is how does CSF feel about this and his rotation with Seabass back on the DL.........

The Phils are another year older next year. And Utley's knees aren't going to get better. They aren't going to be that unstoppable team that won the World Series a few years ago ever again.

August 14, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Didn't this same ace have a serious injury last year? Guess that's 'how' you do it.

He had Tommy John surgery. That was going to happen no matter what. No one is saying pitch the day lights out of the guy. Maybe you skip a few starts, but if they get in the playoffs, and it's looking good for them, you need to let the guy pitch.

August 14, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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The REAL question is how does CSF feel about this and his rotation with Seabass back on the DL.........

I'm not too keen on the innings cap of course. If only Sabathia weren't a fat tub of lard.

August 14, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Look at what the White Sox are doing with Chris Sale. Sure he hasn't had TJ surgery, but they will sit him for a week every once in a while for him to recoup strength. He doesn't have an innings limit. If the White Sox make the playoffs, do you think Ken Williams will tell Robin Ventura to stop using him? Hell no.

August 14, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Definitely not a fan of shutting him down. As a Braves fan, of course it would help our chances of catching the Nats, but still, when was the last time a Washington baseball team made the postseason. Hell, for the franchise dating back to Montreal, they haven't made the playoffs since the early 80's.

August 14, 2012  10:07 AM ET

It's funny how quickly people forget about the Cubs with Woods and Prior. They threw caution into the wind to win in their "window." Now look at them.

August 14, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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It's funny how quickly people forget about the Cubs with Woods and Prior. They threw caution into the wind to win in their "window." Now look at them.

Sit Strasburg every other week or so. Don't pitch him every fifth start. There are ways to utilize him without shutting him down.

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August 14, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Well, now that Utley and Howard are healthy I don't see them at the top of the division next year, the other NL East teams caught a break this year as the Phillies had the 'perfect storm' of injuries.

Wow. That's some wishful thinking, even for you, Chasin.

With an average age of 30 years old, I think the Phillies' chances for experiencing more of these "perfect storms" is higher than you're anticipating.

 
August 14, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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I look forward to next season.

As does every fan of a teams that are out of it in August.

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