Things went better for Stephen Strasburg in Buffalo than they’re going for the Nationals in Houston so far. Strasburg finished his day at Syracuse -- and presumably, his minor-league career - with five shutout innings. He allowed three hits, walked one, struck out five and threw one wild pitch. He also went 1-for-2 and scored a run, and hit 99 mph on the gun.
In Houston, J.D. Martin has given up three early runs, including a homer to Lance Berkman, as the Nationals trail 3-1 in the fourth. In my picture-in-picture display, it looked liked Strasburg was right behind Martin’s shoulder. That might be somewhat symbolic -- Martin and Strasburg could swap spots easily, and since the right-hander was never meant to stay up in the majors, he might be the choice to head to the minors, unless Craig Stammen has a rough outing on Sunday.