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Thread: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

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    Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    I saw this topic being discussed today on ESPN and it's an interesting one. The Nationals insist they will pull the plug on Strasburg once he reaches 160 innings this year (he's currently at 100).

    Should the Nationals waive this plan or stick to it?
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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    My truthful answer would be to play it by ear, see where they are, see what the doctors say, etc., but I think the Nats would be very smart to lift him after 160 innings and I would support that if I were a Nats fan. He's too young and too good to risk losing long-term, and the makeup of the team is such that I don't think this year will be their last chance to compete.
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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    He's already had one tendon replacement surgery and he's still only 23. I'd shut him down and not fret over it for a second.
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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    Probably not as long as they're in first.

    I might move him down to the 5th slot, keep him on a short leash and limit his pitches and innings until the playoffs though.
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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    Pennants fly forever. Pitchers arms don't last nearly as long, and are easier to replace.

    Let him pitch. Odds are that he'll get injured even if they treat him with kid gloves. Plus, I've seen many teams built much more soundly for the future than the Nats fall apart after their big breakout year. As they say, you don't choose pennant years, they choose you.
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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    No way they pull him in a pennant race with a month to go or longer. as long as this team is in first I say let him pitch. maybe they can just limit his innings a little on each start. Do what the Rockies are doing so to speak.
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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    He's already had one tendon replacement surgery and he's still only 23. I'd shut him down and not fret over it for a second.
    I second this.

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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro View Post

    I might move him down to the 5th slot.....
    ...where he would pitch every 5th day.....

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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    Quote Originally Posted by PuffyPig View Post
    ...where he would pitch every 5th day.....
    5th starters typically get skipped every few turns through the rotation so it would limit his innings some.
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    They are going about it all wrong. Limit to 160 ish yes. But pull the plug now. Send him to the DL with "oblique issues" for 30 days. Let him be with the team. Then pitch him down the stretch and playoffs.
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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    Quote Originally Posted by powersackers View Post
    They are going about it all wrong. Limit to 160 ish yes. But pull the plug now. Send him to the DL with "oblique issues" for 30 days. Let him be with the team. Then pitch him down the stretch and playoffs.
    You can't DL players without their permission.

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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    LOL what happened to the good old days when 160 innings was half a seasons work.
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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    Quote Originally Posted by vic715 View Post
    What happened to the good old days when 160 innings was a half a seasons work.
    Pitch counts in little leagues because kids started throwing curves at age 11 and blowing out their arms at 13.

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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    Definitely shut him down. The Nationals have the chance to be competitive for years to come. This isn't an "all in" year a la Milwaukee in 2011, and they don't have to go for it all now. Save Strasburg some wear and tear to ensure he can contribute for the next several seasons.

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    Re: Interesting question: pull Strasburg at 160 IP?

    I don't know much about arm injuries but I think it is far from an exact science. I'd play it by ear and go as long as possible.


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