Stephen Strasburg has a 21 1/3 scoreless inning streak playing for the Triple-A Syracuse Cheifs. He has and line that reads just as pretty, if not prettier, than a vast majority of pitchers at the Major League level at the current time.
That line reads: 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 18.1 IP, 4 H, 22 Ks, 4 BBs.
The question remains: when will his final minor league start take place?
Well sports fans, that start could be tonight. It could also be next week. Here’s the situation:
If tonight continues to be another routine outing for the talented 21-year-old, he has a shot at being called up this week. That would mean he could pitch in his hometown of San Diego when the Nationals visit the Padres in a few days. Which would be a particularly nice opportunity for a Major League debut since Strasburg played college ball for San Diego State.
If Strasburg does make the start in San Diego, that means no Major League debut on his team’s home field in Washington. Tickets sales for the projected June 4th start have been going since we all first heard word that it was even a semi-probable rumor. The buzz generated in this town about the odds of Strasburg’s first start being at home have even gone as far as to encourage District sports junkies to agree that Strasburg is one of the city’s top athletes … and he hasn’t even played here yet.
Either way, the time is coming and coming soon. There’s no way it isn’t with those kinds of numbers.
Update as of 3:33 p.m. – You can watch Strasburg’s start tonight live at 7:00 on MASN and MASN HD.