WASHINGTON – In an ideal world for Washington followers, Stephen Strasburg would take the mound after the All-Star break and face the host Diamondbacks on Friday in Arizona.
The correct-hander would throw to catcher Keibert Ruiz, who has proven numerous upside since he got here to the Nationals in a commerce with the Dodgers practically a yr in the past.
Strasburg, after all, is on the Injured Record once more and who is aware of when he could pitch once more.
So for now, the perfect mixture for Strasburg and Ruiz is to acknowledge they share a birthday at present.
A right-hander, Strasburg, 34, was born July 20, 1988 in San Diego and was the primary general choose of Washington out San Diego State in 2009.
He’s 0-1 with an ERA of 13.50 in a single begin this yr for the Nationals and 113-62, 3.24 in 247 profession begins.
Ruiz, 24, was born a decade later, on July 20, 1998 in Venezuela. He’s batting .247 this season with three homers and 20 RBI in 267 at-bats.
In his younger main league profession, he’s hitting .253 with seven homers and 36 RBI in 363 at-bats after making his debut with the Dodgers.
One other catcher who noticed time with the Nationals has a birthday at present – Pedro Severino.
He was born July 20, 1993 within the Dominican Republic and performed for Washington from 2015-18.
The correct-handed hitter was with Baltimore from 2019-21 and this yr he has performed in 5 video games with the Brewers.
That is additionally the anniversary of a notable Washington recreation.
On July 20, 2012, the Nationals despatched Strasburg to the mound on his birthday towards the Braves – and it was not a superb recreation for the California native.
“The Braves, trailing 9-0 towards the Nationals and ace Strasburg after 5 innings, mount an amazing comeback to take a 10-9 lead with 2 runs within the prime of the ninth. Washington manages to tie the sport when Danny Espinosa homers towards nearer Craig Kimbrel within the backside of the inning. Atlanta completes its inconceivable comeback with a run within the eleventh for an 11-10 win. Within the recreation, Chipper Jones turns into the all-time chief for RBIs by a participant who was primarily a 3rd baseman with a two-run single within the eighth inning; he was tied with George Brett at 1,598; Mike Schmidt continues to carry the report for RBI collected when truly taking part in on the sizzling nook,” in line with baseballreference.com.
Steve Lombardozzi, who began in left subject and led off, Ryan Zimmerman and Mike Morse every had three hits for the Nationals within the loss.
Dan Uggla, who would later play for the Nationals, and Freddie Freeman every had three hits for Atlanta.
Strasburg gave up 4 runs in 5.1 innings and Tyler Clippard, who’s now again with Washington, had a blown save as he allowed two runs in a single inning.
The Nationals, nonetheless, rebounded and went on to win a Nationwide League title for the primary time later that yr.
Lately, Washington is 31-63 and has the worst report within the majors. So one of many few issues to have fun at present is the birthday of Strasburg and Ruiz.
When they might type a battery in a recreation for the Nationals is one other story.