Strasburg Bound to Be a Strikeout King?

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Eventually, there'll probably be hundreds of approaches to analyzing Stephen Strasburg's career. But after his first 16 starts as a National -- three in spring training, 11 in the minors and two in the majors -- one largely unexpected, and not entirely welcome trend seems likely: Strasburg will be a strikeout king.

From the first inning they saw him against the Tigers in March, when the polished vets of Detroit seemed to hit the top half of every ball they swung at, the Nats were delighted that Strasburg's sinker was far better than they'd known and seemed to elicit a high ratio of weak groundballs.

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