VIERA, Fla. — There’s no rhyme or reason why certain batters face certain pitchers during live BP at Nationals camp. Matt Williams and his staff don’t try to set up particular matchups; they simply instruct a group of three outfielders or infielders to head over to an adjacent field and take their hacks against whatever pitcher happens to be on the mound.
So Brian Goodwin, Steven Souza Jr. and Michael Taylor didn’t know what they were getting themselves into when they sauntered onto Field 2 outside Space Coast Stadium on Sunday. Then they saw him. Guy by the name of Stephen Strasburg.
“I looked over to the bullpen and said: ‘That guy over there looks pretty familiar,’” Goodwin said. “I actually had no idea going into it, but once I found out, it was pretty exciting.”