Stephen Strasburg’s Major League debut was scheduled by the Washington Nationals. Strasburg will get his Major League debut on Tuesday, June 8th, when the Washington Nationals host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. It will be the first game that rookie phenom Strasburg will pitch for the team that drafted him just a year ago in the 2009 MLB Draft. That 21-year-old pitcher has been showing great improvement at each level in the minor leagues, and the Nationals feel that he is finally ready to be tested on a Major League level. He will also be an immediate boost in ticket sales for a franchise that has had trouble filling seats in its first few years since moving from Montreal.
Strasburg will get one least minor league start for Triple-A Syracuse in Buffalo on Thursday, June 3rd in order to use it as a warm-up before his first Nationals start. It also gives him the nice five days of rest before his next start, putting him right into the Washington Nationals starting rotation as soon as he is called up. This could mean that quite a few people will be paying close attention to the Syracuse game on Thursday, and that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be best served if they sent a scout over to measure just how well he has been progressing. Many Nationals fans wanted to see Strasburg in the starting rotation at the beginning of the season, but the extra time in the minor leagues can only serve to bolster his development for the long term.
It is being reported by ESPN that many promotions are already being tied into the first start by Strasburg, and are even offering game plans for people that want to buy tickets for several projected starts he will make this summer. Tickets are probably going to go fast for a city that has just been waiting for a reason to get out to the games. Strasburg has been very dominant in the minor leagues so far, and everyone is hoping that it will translate to quick success in the Major Leagues. So far this season, the Washington Nationals are already doing better than expected, and heading into June 1’s game, they sat at a .500 record of 26-26. That puts them just three wins out of first place, and shows that this could possibly be a year where Washington puts itself back on the baseball map.
Stephen Strasburg will get his first start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, June 8th, and it is sure to be a game that all of Major League Baseball is going to be watching.