1st Pitch: If Strasburg wins his debut…

June, 8, 2010
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Quick Hits: With Stephen Strasburg looking to win his MLB debut on Tuesday, he’d join the obscure record books in the following ways. The first two names that come up just happen to represent polar opposite paths that Strasburg’s career could take.
  • The last Expos/Nationals pitcher to start and win his MLB debut against the Pirates was Randy Johnson.
  • The last pitcher on any team to start and win his debut against the Pirates was Mark Prior.
  • The last No. 1 overall pick to start and win his MLB debut was Kris Benson.
  • The last No. 1 overall pick to win his MLB debut was Matt Anderson, who also picked up a blown save.
  • The last pitcher to start and win his debut on June 8 was Matt Harrison in 2008.
  • The last San Diego State pitcher to start and win his debut was Aaron Harang in 2002.
  • The only Expos/Nationals first-round pick to start and win his debut was Gabe White in 1994.
  • The only pitcher named Stephen (with a ph) to win his MLB debut was Zach Day, whose first name is actually Stephen. Day did it with the Expos in 2002.
Today’s Trivia: Who is the winningest pitcher, who like Strasburg, was born in San Diego?

Today’s Leaderboard: Not only does June 8 mark Strasburg’s debut, but it’s also the anniversary of the first draft back in 1965 when Rick Monday was the first overall pick. It wouldn’t be until 1973 that a pitcher was the first pick. That’s when Rangers chose David Clyde, who is actually the only No. 1 overall pick to start and win his debut within his first full year as a professional. Overall, pitchers selected in the top spot do not have a great track record, as Mike Moore’s 161 wins are the most of the 14 pitchers selected first.

Key Matchups: Jason Kendall has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats, but he’s about to run into his nemesis. Kendall is 0-for-14 in his career against Kevin Slowey, and has only managed to get the ball out of the infield five times. Hector Carrasco is the only pitcher against whom Kendall has more at-bats (15) without a hit.

Ryan Howard is 8-18 with four home runs in his career against Chris Volstad. All four homers have come in his last nine plate appearances against Volstad. Tim Hudson and Braden Looper are the only pitchers against whom Howard has more home runs.

Trivia Answer: According to Baseball-Reference.com, Mark Langston’s 179 career wins are the most for a San Diego-born pitcher.

Jeremy Lundblad

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