The Astros have their work cut out for them today. Phenom Stephen Strasburg will be making his second start since coming back from Tommy John Surgery. Strasburg threw five scoreless innings against the Dodgers in his return to the big leagues five days ago, allowing only two hits and reaching 99 m.p.h. on the radar gun. Henry Sosa will be on the mound for Houston in today’s series finale against the Nats. The two teams split the first two games of the series.
When Strasburg pitches Nats fans flock to the stadium and the atmosphere is electric. Add to that the fact that today is the ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks and this game will be sold out. The Nationals have scheduled a special ceremony before the game to honor those who lost their lives ten years ago today, as well as family members and law enforcement and rescue personnel. 125 people inside the Pentagon were killed when an airplane piloted by terrorists was intentionally crashed into the building. 54 passengers aboard the plane also perished.
The Astros have called up left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno and placed Sergio Escalona on the 60 day disabled list. After today’s game the Astros will travel back to Houston for a brief three game homestand against the Phillies. The September television schedule sucks for those of us who do not live in Houston. Most of the weekend games are only carried locally.