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The Strasburg Watch: 8-0, 1.28 ERA

Will the Nationals take him No. 1?


San Diego State's offense gave him just one run to work with Friday night, so Stephen Strasburg tossed a complete-game shutout against New Mexico, striking out 14 and walking just one versus the best-hitting team in the Mountain West Conference. With just 50 days until the 2009 draft, Strasburg is 8-0 with a 1.28 ERA and 121/12 K/BB ratio in nine starts.

Washington has the worst pitching in baseball so far this season, allowing 75 runs in 11 games for an ugly 6.38 ERA. However, the Nationals are expected to call up 23-year-old top prospect Jordan Zimmermann to start tonight's game against the Braves and will have first crack at Strasburg on June 9, so they could be just a few months away from having two extremely promising young starters atop their rotation.

Hopefully that will be of some solace to Nationals fans as the team does its best to lock up the No. 1 overall pick for 2010 as well.