Washington Nationals' batter Stephen Strasburg singles and gets an RBI in the fifth inning in Miami

Stephen Strasburg can hit, too


Stephen Strasburg turned in another dominant start yesterday, shutting out the Marlins for six innings to improve to 10-4 with a 2.66 ERA and league-leading 135 strikeouts, and also went 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI single at the plate.

Strasburg was a typical terrible-hitting pitcher in his first two seasons, going 1-for-26 with 10 strikeouts, but this season has been a completely different story. He’s now 10-for-26 (.385) with one homer, four doubles, and two walks, which is good for a .448 on-base percentage and .654 slugging percentage.

Seriously, the guy has a 1.102 OPS in 31 plate appearances after coming into the season 1-for-26. Among actual hitters Andrew McCutchen leads the National League with a 1.074 OPS.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

Joe Girardi
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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki
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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.