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Why Strasburg left after 80 pitches

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08:13 AM ET 04.02 | In a 2-0 Opening Day win, it was easy for Nationals manager Davey Johnson to find his sense of humor after taking Stephen Strasburg before the eighth inning. "Now don't you start in on me, too," Johnson said playfully. ... During one stretch from the first through the seventh, Strasburg retired 19 in a row. But the weather turned chilly. And Nats General Manager Mike Rizzo has assembled a bullpen that could be second to none in baseball. There was no good reason for Johnson to push Strasburg to the eighth or ninth. "He did what he had to do," Johnson said of his ace. After Strasburg left the game, Tyler Clippard worked a scoreless eighth and new closer Rafael Soriano cruised to his first save.

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April 2, 2013  08:17 AM ET

Preserve That Arm!!!

April 2, 2013  09:01 AM ET

They were playing the Marlins---- we'll see.....

April 2, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Davey likes to save his pitchers for the long haul. Did the same, apparently, with his Mets staff in 1986.

April 2, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Smart move by Johnson. He knows it's a World Series championship or bust season for his team so he's trying to have the best talent available for October. Strasburg did enough for his team and showed yesterday why he's the next big thing on the mount.

April 2, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Smart move by Johnson. He knows it's a World Series championship or bust season for his team so he's trying to have the best talent available for October. Strasburg did enough for his team and showed yesterday why he's the next big thing on the mount.

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April 2, 2013  09:53 AM ET

This team does seem to have the pieces to go far, if not all the way.

April 2, 2013  10:10 AM ET

Opening Day. It was cold. Nats had a lead. Brought in set-up man and closer. Go about your business, folks. Nothing to see here.

April 2, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Maybe they should just shut him down for the season and save the arm some more!! Eventually he has to become a full time pitcher, or make him a closer.

April 2, 2013  12:41 PM ET
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Maybe they should just shut him down for the season and save the arm some more!! Eventually he has to become a full time pitcher, or make him a closer.

Seven shutout innings and leaving a lead for your set up man and your closer is all that you want from your starter on opening day. He is full time. And he'll be out there every fifth day to .

April 2, 2013  02:54 PM ET
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Preserve That Arm!!!

The Nats are lucky to have Davey as their Manager, he's great with young players, look for them to win it all this year!!! Go Nats!!!

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April 2, 2013  07:29 PM ET
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Duh...this is how you babyfy pitchers so they become wusses and can never man up. Lets face it, some people are not meant to be athletes, no matter the talent.

Great point. Let them throw over 130 pitches like Santana and see where that gets them. Davey is doing it the right way. I believe the DUH applies to your thoughts and your team.

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April 3, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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You're too naive to understand, junior

A Met fan is questioning how the manager of the team that won 98 games last year is handling his staff, and I am naive. Is the sky also green and the grass blue in your world?

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