NEW YORK — It got lost in the shuffle amid the injuries to Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper and the late-game heroics by the Nationals, but Stephen Strasburg's Opening Day start deserves to be revisited.
Strasburg was anything but crisp in his first outing of the season, especially early on when he allowed four quick runs and put the Nationals in a hole. But by day's end, the right-hander displayed a trait not frequently associated with him: Guts.
"You've got to give him credit," center fielder Denard Span said. "He didn't lose his composure. To me, that's what good pitchers do. Solid pitchers, they make a mistake, but after that they shut the door down."