Based on my totally unscientific measurements, about 90 percent of the national media have blasted Washington for Project Shutdown Stephen Strasburg. But of the 10 percent that support general manager Mike Rizzo's decision, the overwhelming majority is based in the D.C. metro area.

That means one of two things: Either the local media are lapdogs who eagerly slurp up whatever the Nationals put out. Or our proximity and inherent interest in the long-term strategic planning makes us more understanding.

Mark me down for the latter, and I'll take it a step further. Anyone who sharply criticizes the shutdown — which commenced after Strasburg's three-inning outing Friday, one start earlier than originally announced — couldn't care less about Strasburg's health and future.