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Plotting Out Strasburg’s Debut

Now that it appears that Stephen Strasburg is ready for the majors, I wanted to take a look an see how his starts might map out over the next few months.

First, here is a calendar tracking the schedules of both Washington and Syracuse.

I figure the Nationals are lining up Strasburg to make his major league debut at home some time during the June 4-10 homestand against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. It makes sense from a business standpoint to have Strasburg debut at home (see CapPun).

Here are two ways things may play out …

Scenario One: He stays on his regular turn, going every fifth game.

  • at Pawtucket on 5/17
  • VS TOLEDO on 5/22
  • at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 5/27
  • at Buffalo on 6/1
  • VS CINCINNATI on 6/6 [MLB debut]
  • at Cleveland on 6/12
  • VS CHICAGO (AL) on 6/18
  • VS KANSAS CITY on 6/23
  • at Atlanta on 6/29
  • VS NEW YORK (NL) on 7/4
  • VS SAN FRANCISCO on 7/10

That’s not bad. They get one more home start for Strasburg in Syracuse and five of his first seven at Nationals Park, including a 4th of July showdown with the Mets.

Scenario Two: Throw in some extra days of rest.

  • at Rochester on 5/18 (+1 day of rest has been rumored)
  • VS TOLEDO on 5/23
  • VS SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE on 5/29 (+1 day of rest)
  • VS CINCINNATI on 6/4 (+1 day of rest for his MLB debut)
  • VS PITTSBURGH on 6/10 (gets an extra day due to an off day on 6/7)
  • at Detroit on 6/16 (an off-day for the Nats is included)
  • VS KANSAS CITY on 6/21
  • at Baltimore on 6/27 (an off-day for the Nats is included)
  • VS NEW YORK (NL) on 7/2
  • VS SAN DIEGO on 7/8 (an off-day for the Nats is included)

Once again, the Nats get five of his first seven major league starts at home, but they have Strasburg facing the Pirates instead of the White Sox (Chicago seems likely to draw better). And he also wouldn’t face the Mets on July 4 which is likely to draw regardless of who may be pitching. The added benefits here are an extra home start for the fans in Syracuse along with a benefit for DC fans, having Strasburg start up the road in Baltimore vice down in Atlanta (plus it throws a bone to MASN).

The only wild card I could see is this schedule

  • at Rochester on 5/18 (+1 day of rest)
  • vs Toledo on 5/24 (+1 day of rest)
  • at San Diego on 5/30 (MLB debut at home for Strasburg)
  • VS CINCINNATI on 6/4
  • VS PITTSBURGH on 6/10 (gets an extra day due to an off 0n day on 6/7)
  • at Detroit on 6/16 (an off-day for the Nats is included)
  • VS KANSAS CITY on 6/21
  • at Baltimore on 6/27 (an off-day for the Nats is included)
  • VS NEW YORK (NL) on 7/2
  • VS SAN DIEGO on 7/8 (an off-day for the Nats is included)

Would the Nationals give Strasburg the chance to debut in his hometown?


Roster Moves

Cleaning up the Big Board some.

  • Syracuse – Added RHP Andrew Brown ostensibly to replace RHP Garrett Mock who went on the DL instead of reporting to the Chiefs … Chiefs are at a full 24-man
  • Harrisburg – Sent UTIL Dan Nelson along with RHP Adrian Alaniz (who was not on the Senators active roster) to Potomac … Senators are at 23/24
  • Potomac … placed RHP Robinson Fabian, OF Nick Moresi, UTIL Nick Arata, and OF Boomer Whiting on the DL. Added Nelson & Alaniz from Harrisburg along with OF Chris Curran and IF Wilberto Ortiz … full 25-man roster

No word yet on the variety of injuries


Mock Down; Bernadina Up

Courtesy of Mark Zuckerman, the Nationals made some major league moves today. They placed Mike Morse on the DL with a strained calf and recalled Roger Bernadina from Syracuse. Hopefully, Bernadina will get some regular playing time in RF and not just sit on the bench. With Ryan Zimmerman’s hamstring injury, maybe Willie Harris can play some 3B while Bernadina handles right field (though apparently Adam Kennedy is starting at 3B today).

Additionally, the Nats made room for Livan Hernandez, today’s starting pitcher, by sending Garrett Mock to Syracuse. The Nats don’t need to worry about another SP until later in the week and an extra arm in the bullpen should help.


More Rosters



  • Luis Atilano
  • Collin Balester
  • Andrew Kown
  • Shairon Martis
  • JD Martin
  • Scott Olsen
  • Mike MacDougal (DL)
  • Joel Peralta
  • Atahualpa Severino
  • Doug Slaten
  • Jack Spradlin
  • Josh Wilkie
  • Zech Zinicola


  • Devin Ivany
  • Carlos Maldonado
  • Jamie Burke (DL)


  • Eric Bruntlett
  • Seth Bynum
  • Eric Duncan
  • Chase Lambin
  • Luis Ordaz (DL)
  • Pete Orr
  • Josh Whitesell


  • Roger Bernadina
  • Justin Maxwell
  • Kevin Mench
  • Marvin Lowrance
  • Jerry Owens (DL)



  • Brad Peacock
  • Marcos Frias
  • Robinson Fabian
  • Patrick Lehman
  • Evan Bronson
  • Clayton Dill
  • Justin Phillabaum
  • Jesse Estrada
  • Ricardo Pecina
  • Cole Kimball
  • Luis Garcia
  • Patrick McCoy
  • Martin Beno


  • Derek Norris
  • Brian Peacock


  • Tyler Moore
  • Stephen Lombardozzi
  • Jose Lozada
  • Tim Pahuta
  • Nick Arata
  • Robby Jacobsen


  • Michael Burgess
  • Nick Moresi
  • Boomer Whiting
  • Francisco Plasencia



  • Paul Applebee
  • Patrick Arnold
  • Mitchell Clegg
  • Paul Demny
  • Austin Garrett (DL)
  • Glenn Gibson
  • Trevor Holder
  • Jack McGeary
  • Kyle Morrison
  • Daniel Rosenbaum
  • Josh Smoker
  • Wanel Vasquez
  • Dean Weaver
  • Colton Willems


  • Sandy Leon
  • Adrian Nieto


  • Justin Bloxom
  • Jeffery Kobernus
  • Brett Newsome
  • Sean Nicol
  • Francisco Soriano
  • Steven Souza


  • J.R. Higley (DL)
  • Destin Hood
  • Marcus Jones
  • Eury Perez
  • J.P. Ramirez


Minor League Rosters

Spoke with the Nationals and was told that minor league rosters will likely be announced this weekend. I’ll keep everyone posted on the information and post it once I receive it.


Atilano Optioned

The Nationals optioned RHP Luis Atilano to Triple-A Syracuse reducing their spring training roster to 35.


Syracuse Roster Taking Shape

The Post Standard offers a glimpse into the 2010 opening day roster for the Chiefs:

Position players such as outfielders Kevin Mench and Justin Maxwell, infielders Seth Bynum, Pete Orr, Chase Lambin, Chris Duncan and Josh Whitesell, and catchers Chris Coste and Carlos Maldonaldo, already are ticketed to Syracuse.
Starting pitchers Collin Balester, Shairon Martis, Matt Chico and J.D. Martin, who was optioned to Syracuse on Wednesday, are set to take their place in the rotation in front of relievers Joel Peralta, Andrew Kown, Josh Wilkie and Atahualpa Severino.

That’s two catchers, a starting infield (less a shortstop), and 2/3 of an outfield along with four starters and four relievers. I’d imagine that Eric Bruntlett and possibly Roger Bernadina are likely to join Syracuse along with Garrett Mock, Doug Slaten, Mike MacDougal, Luis Atilano, & Jesse English. That puts the Chiefs at 24 players. And that still leaves quite a few names who should be Triple-A unassigned (Zech Zinicola, Mike Daniel to name a couple).


An Updated Big Board

full of guesses.

I have had a few comments over the past couple of weeks asking who will be assigned to what levels in the minor leagues. Over the past couple of days, I attempted to make an educated guess and this is what I came up with.

There is an overabundance of arms that need to be assigned (and I still didn’t find a home for Josh Smoker or Colton Willems in full season ball).

Let’s use this as a jumping off point. Feel free to critique, criticize or tell me I’m nuts.


Estrada DFA’d

To make room for RHRP Tyler Walker, the Nationals designated RHP Marco Estrada for assignment, removing him from the 40-man and making him available for any of the other MLB teams to claim him and place him on their 40-man roster. Estrada spent most of the 2009 season in Syracuse where he was 9-5 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.22WHIP in 27 appearances (25 starts) for the Chiefs.

My guess is that Estrada will go unclaimed and end up back with the Chiefs in 2010.

My “condolences” to Sam who sees a personal favorite dropped from the 40-man.


Whitesell Returns; Nats Add Bruntlett

Just released from the Nationals

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with first baseman Josh Whitesell and infielder Eric Bruntlett on 2010 minor-league contracts that include invitations to big league Spring Training. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Whitesell returns to the Nationals after two seasons in the Diamondbacks organization, including 46 major league games in 2009. He seems destined for Syracuse in 2010.

Bruntlett is an interesting signing. He has spent the past two seasons in the utility role for the Phillies. He can handle any spot but CA so it wouldn’t shock me to see him make the 25-man in 2010