Stephen Strasburg is through his first major league inning in just over a year, and other than one pitch he left up, everything looked smooth. He threw 11 pitches, seven strikes, including nine fastballs, and while he was a couple ticks below his velocity from last year, he had good command of his pitches.
Strasburg’s fastball topped out at 97 mph in the first, and the two curveballs he threw to Matt Kemp were 80 mph and 79 mph, respectively. Those were a little slower than last year, but it’s going to take a while for him to feel 100 percent again.
The crowd at Nationals Park so far has been pretty underwhelming, though; there are empty sections in the upper decks, and the lower bowl is only about half-full. Some of it is the bad weather forecast, but some of it has to be tickets that weren’t sold in the first place. It will be interesting to hear what the paid attendance is tonight.
More in a little bit.