In his 7 inning major league debut, Stephen Strasburg lives up to the hype as he made history in his first start for the Washington Nationals.

Everyone who has heard a couple minutes of quality analysis on Stephen Strasburg knows that he’s got a great fastball, but that’s not what makes him a great pitcher.  Tons of guys have great fastballs, and they never make it in the majors.  What sets Stephen Strasburg apart from the others is his variety of pitches and the control on his throws.  That was evident here in Day 1 of the Stephen Strasburg era, as will be evident by the fact I’m about to hit you with.

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Roger Clemens.  Randy Johnson.  Mike Mussina.  Javier Vazquez.  Brad Penny.

Pretty good list of pitchers, right?

I’m sure if you made a list of the top 50 pitchers since 1969, likely all those guys would be on the list, and there’d be a few names in the top ten who aren’t mentioned above.  Hall of Famers, even.

That list represents the only pitchers since 1969 who pitched 7 or more innings in one game and got at least 14 strike-outs with no walks.

NO.  WALKS.

Add Stephen Strasburg to that list.

No, we’re not talking about pitchers who did that in their major league debut, as Strasburg did tonight.

We’re talking AT ALL.

Randy Johnson is the only one to accomplish it twice in that time span.

Hall of Famer status is obtained through having longevity and finding ways to be successful year after year.  After tonight, some people are going to want to say that Strasburg is bound for Cooperstown, and while I’m not ready to crown him with that just yet, it’s obvious that the guy is great, and the list he put himself onto with his performance tonight speaks to that.