Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg, now stationed at Triple-A Syracuse, threw six innings of no-hit ball on Wednesday night against the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. He allowed just one walk and struck out seven batters before reaching his pitch limit of 80. (Well, actually 79).
Not bad. Not bad at all. Strasburg, 21, has now fired 12 scoreless innings and has surrendered only one hit in his two starts at the Triple-A level.
The phenom posted a 1.64 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in five starts for Double-A Harrisburg before earning a promotion to Syracuse last week. There’s no doubt that he’s ready for big league competition, but the Nats will wait until early June to call him up, ensuring that he doesn’t reach Super Two status.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.