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Owings Prepares for Pressure-Packed Debut

Owings Prepares for Pressure-Packed Debut

Micah Owings makes his first major league start Friday against the Washington Nationals. The Nats have a soft lineup, RFK plays like a pitcher's park, and hordes of family and friends will be there cheering Owings on. The only way to perfect this scenario would be to make his mound opponent former teammate and friend Matt Chico of the Nationals.

Every major league debut has to be the most pressure packed moment of a baseball player's career.  Even though Micah Owings' Friday start comes under favorable pitching conditions, there are other circumstances that make this start even more nerve-wracking than a typical cherry-popping start. First of all, Owings arrives in the majors with some pretty lofty expectations.  No one is...

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