Strasburg to start Friday

The Washington Nationals today announced the following information about their upcoming series at Nationals Park against the Chicago White Sox.

*Reigning NL Player of the Week Stephen Strasburg and All-Star left-hander Mark Buehrle are slated to start the series opener on Friday. Below are the probable pitchers for the entire series (subject to change).

Fri., June 18 vs. CWS (7:05 pm) — LHP Mark Buehrle vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg

Sat., June 19 vs. CWS (4:10 pm) — RHP Gavin Floyd vs. RHP J.D. Martin

Sun., June 20 vs. CWS (1:35 pm) — RHP Freddy Garcia vs. LHP John Lannan

*Saturday’s game vs. Chicago-AL has been changed to a 4:10 pm start and will be broadcast on Fox.

Additional Strasburg notes to tell your friends about:

ยท         In MLB debut, Strasburg became only the 2nd pitcher since ’87 (the year STATS, Inc. began charting pitches) to fan 14-plus and throw less than 100 pitches in a game. On April 9, 2003 at Wrigley Field, MON’s Javier Vazquez struck out 14 in 7.0 innings and needed just 96 pitches to do so.

ยท         With 22, Strasburg tied for 2nd all-time on list of most strikeouts recorded in first 2 big league starts. In MLB annals, only BRK’s Karl Spooner (27 in 2 starts in Sept. 1954) recorded more in first 2 big league assignments.

ยท         Strasburg fanned 19 before issuing first walk. Only one pitcher since 1900 has posted more strikeouts before walking his first career batter: CIN’s Johnny Cueto (22 in 2008).

ยท         Strasburg led MLB with 22 strikeouts last week. KCR’s Zack Greinke ranked 2nd with 18.

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