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Strasburg could face Mets

Syracuse Chiefs starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg works in

Syracuse Chiefs starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg works in the top of the second inning against the Toledo Mud Hens in a Triple-A game in Syracuse, N.Y. (May 24, 2010) Credit: AP

Here he comes. Righthander Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals’ No. 1 draft pick in 2009, finally makes his big league debut Tuesday night when he starts in Washington against the Pirates. He has a four-year, $15.1 million contract, the most ever awarded a draft pick

The Mets are in Washington for a four-game series over the July 4 weekend, so if Strasburg stays in the rotation and his turn comes around, they will see him.

Strasburg has pitched for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He was 7-2 with a 1.30 ERA in his minor league career.

If it seems that Strasburg, who will turn 22 next month, has been spoon-fed to the big leagues, some will recall an even more highly touted MLB pitching debut. That was David Clyde, who was only 18 when he went from high school to the Rangers in 1973. He was given a signing bonus of $125,000. Clyde was 4-8 that season, eventually hurt his arm and was out of baseball by age 26.


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