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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/06/2012

Boswell: Nationals should take no chances with Strasburg’s innings limit

Thomas Boswell says there is only one side to the debate over the Nationals’ intention to shut down Stephen Strasburg’s season at 160 to 170 innings: the Nats’ side, which he believes is correct. (Read the complete column here.)

Strasburg, who pitched only 44 innings last year, has never thrown more than 123 innings in any season, at any level. This year, the Nats are asking for 160 to 170 innings, plus 23 in Florida.
Yet the dopes keep saying, “Go for it. Man up. The NL’s weak. How often do you have a long-shot chance to go to the World Series?” If the Nats made the Series (the rationale for this nonsense), what’s an extra 10 starts?
Excuse me while I go beat my head against a wall.

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By Washington Post sports editors  |  11:01 AM ET, 07/06/2012

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