Mark your calendars folks--it's June 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. My observations:
--The timing of this move is so transparently about managing the arbitration clock and nothing else, that I wish they'd just say it. I don't even mind the rationale. I made the case in Jordan Zimmermann's case that they should have delayed his call-up to avoid the extra arb year. Strasburg I think is different because he's so special. But I just want Rizzo to flash one of his "too honest" moments and say, "yeah, of course it was about money. Don't be stupid."
--If things stay on schedule, his first five starts will be Pittsburgh at home, then on the road against Cleveland and the White Sox, followed by an away game in Baltimore. That's four of the seven lowest-scoring teams in baseball.
--The Nationals have set up a nice little PR blitz for themselves by making their #1 overall pick Bryce Harper on June 7 and then starting Strasburg the very next day at Nationals Park.