Friday, June 18, 2010

Rival report: White Sox to face Strasburg

The Chicago White Sox will get a taste of rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg tonight in Washington D.C.

Strasburg is 2-0 in two starts with 22 strikeouts, including eight against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday and 14 against Pittsburgh in his debut.

White Sox players have struck out just 317 times, the fewest among baseball's 30 teams.

"It looks like once he gets ahead of you, it's a defensive battle," Mark Kotsay said. "He does have a dominant strikeout pitch, and his curve and changeup are above average. I think attacking him early may give you the best chance."

His fastball tops out at 100 miles per hour more than once per game, his changeup runs around 90 miles per hour and his curveball is arguably already one of the better ones in baseball.

He will battle Gavin Floyd (2-7) tonight.

Straburg's next start is also expected to be against an AL Central team, this team the Royals next Wednesday.

Photo by Andrew Harner

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