Stephen Strasburg in Top Form During Batting Practice

By Phil Naegely
Stephen Strasburg
Stephen Strasburg threw an impressive batting practice today stymieing his teammates that faced him. Photo by USA TODAY Sports.

After today’s batting practice for Stephen Strasburg, it seems like he has not lost any of his dominance in the off-season. He stymied many of the Washington Nationals batters he faced today.

Tyler Moore, Roger Bernadina, Chris Snyder and Chad Tracy batted against Strasburg and for the most part were unsuccessful at getting a hit. Moore mustered two weak grounders up the middle into center field.

Moore talked about Strasburg’s outing after batting practice.

“He looked really good,” Moore said. “The ball was coming out of his hand — electric, sharp curveball, heavy sink on the sinker and a good sink on his changeup. Everything you want out of one your starters, and everything you don’t want to see as the other hitter.”

Strasburg was pleased with his outing.

“I felt good. It was good to get back out there. It’s good to get your sights back and throw certain pitches. I was working on a sinker, changeup, threw a couple of good curveballs in there. I was working on fastball command,” he said.

For Nationals fans, it looks like Strasburg has started 2013 off the same way he ended 2012. Hopefully this year, he will have no inning limit and will be able to help the Nationals if they make the postseason this October.

As a Philadelphia Phillies fan, I always am glad when the Phillies don’t have to face Strasburg. Hopefully they will be able to avoid him in some of the divisional series this year. Either way, he is one of the best younger pitchers if not one of the best pitchers in the MLB.

The Nationals will start Grapefruit League play against the New York Mets on Saturday and Strasburg will be the starting pitcher.

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