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“We know that we’re a good ballclub, and we’ve got good pitching top to bottom,” shortstop Ian Desmond said. “We feel good with anybody on the mound.”
Strasburg said he had not spoken with Johnson or Rizzo about Sept. 12 as a potential shutdown date but that, “we’re going to have to have a sit-down and talk here soon.” When asked what that conversation would entail, Strasburg didn’t say.
“I don’t think he’s going to fight me on it,” Rizzo said. “I think he’s going to be unhappy about it. I know he’ll be unhappy about it. He’s an ultimate competitor, but we’ve taken that out of his hands.”
Strasburg stared straight ahead as he spoke to members of the media after the game, the Braves game — which Atlanta rallied to win — still blaring on the television set behind him. He didn’t turn to face reporters who asked him a question. He didn’t flinch.
“I’m just focused on the next start. That’s all I can really focus on right now,” he said. “I’m here with these guys, and we’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m going to fight with them ‘til the end.”
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