Reds fans will get their first look at Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg Wednesday night when he takes the mound at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Strasburg, who turned 22 on Tuesday, is 4-2 in eight starts with a 2.03 earned run average. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander has struck out 68 batters in 482⁄3 innings since his much-celebrated call-up from the minors in June.
In his last outing Friday, Strasburg shut out the Marlins for six innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out seven in what became a 4-0 Nationals victory.
The former San Diego State star and No. 1 overall draft choice in 2009 has allowed three earned runs once, two earned runs once and one one earned run five times in his other seven starts.
The Nationals have not allowed him to exceed 100 pitches in a game. The longest he has lasted is seven innings, which he has done twice.
The Reds expect a crowd of more than 30,000, according to The Washington Post.
The game will be televised nationally by ESPN, though it will be blacked out in the Fox Sports Ohio telecast area.