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Who else can we ask about Strasburg?

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Who else can we ask about Strasburg?

With the shutdown of Stephen Strasburg getting closer by the day, it seems we are running out of people to ask of their opinions about it. Everyone from Nats general manager Mike Rizzo himself to ESPN's Dick Vitale has weighed in on the issue, even Denny McLain, the former big leaguer turned convict, had something to say about it on Thursday. While it looks like there is no one else left to ask, we came up with a list of those who haven't been. Some are serious, some not so much.
Serious:Bud Selig
The MLB commissioner hasnt spoken out on the issue (as far as we know), but no one would be better to answer whether shutting down Strasburg is either good or bad for baseball. It would be interesting to see if he would care more about the draw Strasburg could be in playoff games this season or his potential stardom for years to come.

Frank Jobe

The inventor of Tommy John surgery, Jobe actually performed the original procedure on John in 1974. At the time he declared the odds of recovery at 1 in 100 and that number has since risen to nearly 90. As someone who has seen the surgery develop into the rate of success it has today, he may have thoughts on the best way to recover from it nowadays.

Jake Delhomme

Believe it or not, Delhomme actually had Tommy John surgery in 2008. Yes, he plays a different sport, but Delhommes career was affected greatly by the procedure. He was never quite the same player and could speak to the difficulty of rehabbing from the surgery.

Kinda, sorta serious:Deion Sanders

Believe it or not, Sanders actually also had Tommy John surgery. Nothing a cornerback does is really that similar to a pitcher, but at least he would be more qualified to speak on the issue than Terry Bradshaw.

The Surgeon General

The Surgeon General, currently Regina Benjamin, is the nations leading spokesman on matters of public health as described on a government website. If doctors who have performed the surgery before have weighed in, maybe she can give the final say?

Joe Gibbs

Gibbs was asked about the shut down on ESPN Radio last month, but dodged the question. He isn't exactly qualified to give an expert opinion or anything, probably the reason he declined to answer, but Gibbs still holds a lot of clout in the area and knows winning better than any sports figure in the city's history.
Not so serious:Ja Rule

In a standup show, Dave Chappelle famously made fun of MTV asking Ja Rule for his input after September 11th. Maybe someone could get in touch with him? Oh, hes in prison? Nevermind.

An empty chair

But only if Clint Eastwood asks the question. It seemed that chair had a lot to say, maybe it has an opinion on the matter.

Vinny Cerrato

Not looked back on as the greatest general manger in Washington, D.C. sports history, Cerrato had a poor track record in the draft and signed some of the worst contracts in NFL history (see Haynesworth, Albert). Maybe it would be worth asking his opinion and then doing the exact opposite of what he says.

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Nationals beat Braves, snap losing skid behind Stephen Strasburg's strong start

Nationals beat Braves, snap losing skid behind Stephen Strasburg's strong start

ATLANTA (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg struck out a season-high 11 and kept up his recent domination of the Atlanta Braves, leading Washington to a 3-2 win Sunday that stopped the Nationals' four-game losing streak.

Strasburg (5-1) allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings, beating Atlanta for the second time this season and improving to 7-1 in his last nine starts against the Braves. He is 10-8 overall against Atlanta.

He reached double digits in strikeouts for the second time this season after fanning 10 Braves on April 20.

Strasburg faded in the eighth, when Dansby Swanson hit a two-run double. Koda Glover struck out Nick Markakis to end the inning and finished the six-hitter for his third save.

Daniel Murphy hit a second-inning homer off Jaime Garcia (1-3) and the Nationals added two unearned runs in the third.

Matt Adams was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and hit into a ninth-inning double play in his debut for Atlanta, a day after he was acquired from St. Louis. Matt Kemp led off the ninth, and Adams hit a line drive that was caught by Ryan Zimmerman, who stepped on first base.

Garcia allowed three runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in eight innings with no walks.

Washington took a 3-0 lead in the third following fielding errors by Markakis in right and Garcia. Bryce Harper had a run-scoring single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon and C Matt Wieters were given days off from the starting lineup. Rendon entered at third base in the eighth.

Braves: RHP Kris Medlen allowed one hits in six scoreless innings Saturday in his first start for Class A Florida. He missed most of 2016 with shoulder problems after his second Tommy John surgery. "That would be a real nice piece to have," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Medlen pitched for Kansas City in 2015-16 and his last season with Atlanta was in 2013, when he was 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Following an off day, RHP Jacob Turner (2-2) is expected to start when the Nationals will open a series against Seattle on Tuesday.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-4) will take a 0-3 career record in three starts against Pittsburgh into Monday night's series opener against the Pirates.

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2017 MLB Power Rankings: As Bryce Harper goes, so do the Nationals

2017 MLB Power Rankings: As Bryce Harper goes, so do the Nationals

A week ago, the Nationals were looking unstoppable. Bryce Harper was hitting walkoff dingers left and right, there were multiple winning streaks, and the bullpen was only sorta bad. 

2017 MLB POWER RANKINGS

A week's worth of games later - against the Braves, Pirates and Phillies, no less - and the Nats don't look nearly as stainless. Harper's hitting under .200 since his Mother's Day walkoff, the team lost 5 of 6, and the bullpen turned back into a pumpkin. Because of that, there's a new team at the top of the Power Rankings this week. Who is it? To the rankings! 

30. MIAMI MARLINS

2017 Record: 15-28
Previous Ranking: 24
Last 10 Games: 2-8
Notable Performance: Dee Gordon (.318/.400/.364 last week)

Stanton hasn't homered in over two weeks, a stretch of 12 games. After going 2-8 over the last 10, including that weird Dodgers game, the Marlins have seen better weeks.  

29. SAN DIEGO PADRES

2017 Record: 16-30
Previous Ranking: 29
Last 10 Games: 3-7
Notable Performance: Brad Hand (.300/.500/.600 last week)

Wil Myers' underwhelming season continues. The outfielder is hitting .150 over the last week, and only .219 over the last month. The Padres best position player is only worth .6 bWAR, and that's 5th-best on the team.

28. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

2017 Record: 15-26
Previous Ranking: 23
Last 10 Games: 2-8
Notable Performance: Daniel Nava (.429/.429/.571 last week)

They ran into Texas at exactly the wrong time. Getting starts that are consistently like Aaron Nola's last one will be huge for his development this season. 

27. KANSAS CITY ROYALS

2017 Record: 18-25
Previous Ranking: 27
Last 10 Games: 6-4
Notable Performance: Lorenzo Cain (.087/.125/.087 last week)

They're starting to play better, but upcomming series with the Yankees and Indians aren't making life any easier for KC. Jason Vargas (?!) has been their most valuable player this year (2.0 bWAR). 

26. ATLANTA BRAVES

2017 Record: 18-23
Previous Ranking: 30
Last 10 Games: 7-3
Notable Performance: Matt Kemp (.375/.423/.708 last week)

Losing Freeman for three months because of some dumb unspoken beef is just a testament to how stupid unwritten baseball rules are. The silver lining to this year, though, is that the Braves are going to fleece some team for Matt Kemp in July. 

SEE THE REST OF THE RANKINGS HERE