WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The baseball world has been waiting with bated breath to see what Stephen Strasburg would do if the Washington Nationals ever gave him the chance to pitch deeper into games.
And so has he.
Of all the times Strasburg has been compared to Detroit Tigers hurler Justin Verlander, the delineating distinction remains that No. 37 has yet to pitch past the seventh inning in a Major League game.
In an exclusive interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny, he joked now might be time he’s finally given a chance to go for a complete game.
“Hopefully Davey (Johnson) will loosen the leash a little bit here at some point and let me go past the seventh,” Strasburg said.
By his own account, Strasburg has been making strides to do the little things to prepare his arm for the deep innings of a game.
“I think I’ve learned to kind of scale back and realize that not necessarily throwing as hard as you can every time is the right recipe,” he said. “My goal is to go deep in the ballgame every time out and that’s all I’m really focused on right now. Hopefully I can keep doing that.”
While he may have laughed as he said it, one can’t help but wonder how serious he really was about wanting Johnson to “loosen the leash.”
Listen to the full interview below…