This is one of those rare occasions when the Blob clearly sees both sides of an argument.
("When have you ever clearly seen one side?" you're sneering).
At issue: To shut out down a healthy Stephen Strasburg, thereby saving him for a presumed playoff run, or to not shut him down.
Opinions vary, as they say.
On the one hand, there is this from some of Strasburg's teammates, who think it's crazy to bench your ace in the middle of a playoff chase, no matter how over that chase seems to be at the moment. On the other hand, management is wedded to limiting Strasburg's innings because he's been hurt before and they don't to risk him in games that ultimately won't matter.
I understand that sentiment, particularly given Strasburg's history. But I'm also of the opinion that if you have a horse like Strasburg and you're afraid to ride him, then why do you have him?
There's every possibility, after all, that resting him will actually backfire; there seems to me to be just as much chance that he'll turn up rusted for the playoffs as opposed to rested. Pitching is as an athletic art form as dependent on rhythm as anything else I can think of. If Strasburg suddenly isn't getting his regular turn in the rotation, what happens to that rhythm? And how hard will it be to get it back?
If I were a Nats fan, I'd hate to see the club try to save him for the playoffs and then see him get lit up in his first start because he wasn't sharp. Of course, I'd hate to see them use him down the stretch and see him come up with an arm issue just in time for the playoffs, too.
Tough call either way. Glad I don't have to make it.