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General manager Mike Rizzo banged the pooch with his handling of Stephen Straburg and badly hindered the Washington Nationals

Despite suffering a heartbreaking 9-7 loss in Game 5 of the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals, bush league Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo remains confident that shelving flamethrower Stephen Strasburg in early September was the right choice for the organization. “We had a plan in mind. It was something we had from the beginning. I stand by my decision,” said the asinine Rizzo, 51. “I’m not going to think about it, no. We’ll take the criticism as it comes. We have to do what’s best for the Washington Nationals, and we think we did.” Strasburg (15-6, 3.16 ERA), … Continue reading

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Like an anonymous National said prior to losing 8-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington would have been ‘up 2-0’ with Stephen Strasburg on the roster

Even before the St. Louis Cardinals battered Washington 8-0 on Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS, some Nationals players were openly, and justifiably, questioning the organization’s asinine decision to shelve flamethrower Stephen Strasburg in early September. Strasburg (15-6, 3.16 ERA), who has compiled a 21-10 record with a 2.94 ERA and 313 strikeouts since debuting with Washington in June 2010, was shutdown despite being entirely healthy following 159 1/3 innings on the hill. “If we had ‘Stras, we’d be up 2-0,” said one anonymous member of the Nationals. “He would have lengthened out our rotation to the … Continue reading

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The suits running the Washington Nationals chapped Stephen Strasburg’s ass by shutting him down prematurely

After being shelled last night by the Miami Marlins in a 9-7 loss at Nationals Park, Washington flamethrower Stephen Strasburg admitted he’s “not too happy” with the organization’s asinine decision to immediately shelve him for the season. Strasburg (15-6, 3.16 ERA), who has compiled a 21-10 record with a 2.94 ERA and 313 strikeouts since debuting with Washington (86-53) in June 2010, was supposed to make one final start on September 12 versus the New York Mets. “I thought I had another start,” said Strasburg, 24, who the Nationals picked out of San Diego State University with the first overall … Continue reading

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Sans Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals will quickly fold in October and there’s no guarantee Washington will again compete in the near future

A number of Washington Nationals players are reportedly seething with General Manager Mike Rizzo’s unwavering decision to shelve precocious flamethrower Stephen Strasburg at some point in September. Strasburg (13-5, 2.90 ERA), who has compiled a 19-9 record with a 2.76 ERA and 282 strikeouts since debuting with Washington (72-44) in June 2010, is expected to make five more starts before being banished from the mound and forced to miss the Nationals rare playoff run. In a mere 40 starts, Strasburg, who the Nationals picked out of San Diego State University with the first overall selection in the 2009 Major League … Continue reading

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Is Mike Rizzo destined to hinder Stephen Strasburg by coddling the flamethrower?

Even before Friday night’s 5-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo reiterated the team’s intention to shelve precocious flamethrower Stephen Strasburg at some point in September. In a mere 34 starts, Strasburg (9-4, 2.82 ERA), who has compiled a 15-7 record with a 2.68 ERA and 238 strikeouts since debuting with Washington (48-33) in June 2010, has visited the disabled list for shoulder tightness and undergone Tommy John Surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in August 2010. “We know what’s right for us. And we have the guts to stick with it,” said … Continue reading

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