Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Shutdown of Stephen Strasburg

Strasburg's done for the year much to the delight
of every other team in baseball.
Unless you've been living under a rock or have a case of election fever and spend your time talking to empty chairs, you may have heard by now that the Washington Nationals decided to shutdown Stephen Strasburg for the remainder of the season.

As you can tell from that link, I don't really agree with this decision. He's one of the most dominant pitchers in the game right now, and he'll be taking the postseason off because Nats GM Mike Rizzo is a frightened little mouse of a man who's protecting his job. Sure, he's said say he's acting in Strasburg's best interests here, but don't be fooled. He's worried about what Strasburg means to his long-term job security.

Strasburg is healthy enough to pitch and wants to pitch. That should be all that matters. The Nats could also could've handled this situation much better, by simply resting Strasburg more throughout the season. I've never met a Washington Nationals fan, but if they exist, I'm sure they're pretty angry about this situation.

Thursday night NFL Pick: 
Packers -5.5 vs. Bears
Woo-hoo, Thursday Night football all season long! I'm taking the Packers tonight, I don't see them losing two straight at home. I'm also not at all confident in this pick, so buyer beware.
Packers 30 Bears 20

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