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Newbie Strasburg? Meet ol' Lincecum

Pitching phenoms can control the games, but the expectations? Not so much

Updated: July 1, 2010, 3:00 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Stephen Strasburg said something just about perfect the other day, not long after getting pulled in the seventh inning of an eventual 5-0 loss by his Washington Nationals to the Atlanta Braves.

"I really tried to go out there and overcome all the obstacles," Strasburg said. "I don't really know what the obstacles were ... "

Exactly. But, then, that's the price of phenomenon, isn't it? Those obstacles just jump up out of nowhere, created by anyone, based upon any level of expectation ...

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