Projecting Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his first major-league start Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Strasburg-mania has hit the baseball world.

Strasburg's arrival is already one of the most-hyped debuts in MLB history, with nearly 24/7 coverage, a future Hall-of-Fame catcher hoping to recover from a back injury quickly enough to catch the game, and even the small town of Strasburg, Va., hoping to hold a celebration in honor of a pitcher who has yet to throw a single pitch in the majors.

Pitching against the Pirates, last in the NL in runs scored, should help Strasburg to have a promising debut, but the question that remains is what can one realistically expect from the pitching phenom in the long-term?