Strasburg on Opening Day at Wrigley Field, 2012
(photo c/o Mark Susina, flickr)
In what may end up being the least surprising news of the spring, Davey Johnson made it official today- he plans on sending out Stephen Strasburg as his starting pitcher on Opening Day.
Strasburg is set to become the third Nats pitcher to make at least 2 Opening Day starts, joining Livan Hernandez (05′, 06′, 11′) and John Lannan (09′, 10′).
Since coming to DC in 2005, Strasburg is the 5th different Opening Day starter- not a terribly high number I suppose, but when you realize the list includes the likes of John Patterson and Odalis Perez, it’s not as nice as it sounds.
So my question to you today is- barring injury, how many consecutive Opening Day starts do you project Stephen Strasburg to make as a National?
As a reference, Justin Verlander will be making his 6th consecutive Opening Day start for the Tigers this year.
Also, for those looking for a reason to yell at me, it may be important to note that Strasburg can become a free agent in 2017.