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Stephen Strasburg | Starting Pitcher | #37

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Stephen Strasburg said at the Nationals' Winterfest on Sunday that he might skip the All-Star Game in the future.
Strasburg missed about three weeks after the start of the second half due to a nerve impingement in his elbow and believes that it was due to a change in routine in case he was needed for the All-Star Game. He didn't end up pitching in the game, but he felt discomfort in his first start after the All-Star break. "I just know that little lapse, for whatever reason, it pushed me back a bit," said Strasburg. "It started making my arm hurt." The Nationals surely won't mind if he decides to play it safe in the future. Mon, Dec 18, 2017 09:29:00 AM

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Stephen Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings with 12 strikeouts in a 5-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday.

If Strasburg was still feeling ill, there was no sign of it. The only sickness on Wednesday was his filthy stuff. He commanded everything in his arsenal and any time he got two strikes on the Cubs' hitters -- which was often -- he threw his changeup to both sides of the plate, giving Chicago no chance of making contact with the 80-grade offering. This is one of the most impressive performances we've seen in the year 2017. If the Nationals are able to win Game 5 on Thursday they'll likely start Strasburg in Game 3 of the NLCS, though they could go to him in Game 2 on short rest.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 08:10:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg is officially listed as the Nationals' starter for Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday against the Cubs.

Strasburg has been dealing with flu-like symptoms for much of this week, but he threw an abbreviated bullpen session on Monday and went through a light workout on Tuesday. Tanner Roark, the Nats' originally-scheduled Game 4 starter, will be available out of the bullpen in this potentially-decisive tilt at Wrigley Field. Chicago leads the best-of-five series 2-1.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 12:48:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Stephen Strasburg (flu) is now "expected" to start for the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday against the Cubs.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker told the media after Tuesday's rainout that Tanner Roark was going to stay on schedule for the postponed Game 4 because Strasburg was feeling "under the weather," but the 29-year-old right-hander has apparently made a quick recovery and is prepared to take the hill for this potentially-decisive National League Division Series tilt at Wrigley Field. Strasburg is on normal rest and he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday. Giddy up.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 11:35:00 AM

Stephen Strasburg's agent Scott Boras suggested Wednesday morning that his client could start Wednesday evening's NLDS Game 4 against the Cubs.

An agent obviously has no say in this type of decision, even one as powerful as Boras, but it's worth noting that Strasburg is no longer listed as Wednesday's pregame press conference attendee. Starting pitchers do not speak to the media prior to same-day outings. Strasburg is on normal rest, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday evening that the 29-year-old right-hander was "under the weather" and that Tanner Roark would stay on tap for the postponed Game 4 start. There should be some clarity here soon. "I wouldn't rule anything out," said Boras.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Stephen Strasburg won't start Wednesday's postponed NLDS Game 4 against the Cubs.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker made that announcement shortly after Tuesday night's postponement, noting that Strasburg and some of his other players are currently "under the weather." Tanner Roark will stay on schedule in what could be a decisive Game 4 matchup at Wrigley Field. Chicago currently leads the best-of-five series 2-1. Strasburg will start Game 5 on Thursday if this NLDS goes the distance.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 06:51:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg is now lined up to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

Tanner Roark was going to make the start Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, but the game had to be postponed until Wednesday because of rain. The one-day delay obviously favors the Nationals, given that Strasburg struck out 10 batters over seven stellar innings in a tough-luck loss Friday in Game 1 of the NLDS versus Chicago. Roark will be available in relief.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 06:23:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 batters and surrendered two runs -- both unearned -- in seven innings and took a tough loss to the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning that was broken up when Kris Bryant laced an RBI single to right field. Anthony Rizzo then singled in Bryant for the second run. Errors by third baseman Anthony Rendon and outfielder Bryce Harper caused the runs to be unearned. Strasburg was dominant most of the evening, allowing just three hits and one walk and needing only 81 pitches to get through seven frames. He had the second-best ERA in the National League this year and was especially good down the stretch. He may get another shot at the Cubs if the series goes the distance.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 11:26:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced Thursday that Stephen Strasburg will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

The rest of the Nats' NLDS rotation will be determined after Max Scherzer (hamstring) throws a bullpen session on Thursday afternoon. Scherzer will either pitch Game 2 or Game 3. The same can be said for Gio Gonzalez.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Stephen Strasburg was brilliant in Friday’s 6-1 victory over the Pirates, allowing just a pair of singles over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Strasburg struck out eight and walked a pair, lowering his ERA to 2.52 in the process. Only Clayton Kershaw has a lower ERA among NL qualified starters. Strasburg has quietly enjoyed the best season of his career, but the most important thing for the Nationals is that he’s going into the postseason healthy.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:28:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Mets.

With the Nationals basically locked into their playoff seed -- they almost certainly won't catch the Dodgers for the NL's best record, and likewise won't be caught by the Cubs for home-field advantage in their probable matchup -- Strasburg wasn't pushed, throwing 83 pitches before exiting. He struck out six and walked one in his five innings of work. With the no-decision, the right-hander remains 14-4 with a 2.68 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 196/45 K/BB ratio through 27 starts this year. His final scheduled start of the 2017 regular season is Thursday, but it's worth monitoring with the Nats likely thinking about lining up playoff starters in the coming days.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 12:45:00 AM

Stephen Strasburg racked up eight strikeouts over six innings of one-run ball in Sunday night's victory over the Dodgers.

Strasburg scattered three hits and three walks on the night. The only damage against him came on a fly ball that Michael Taylor probably should have caught in the second inning that allowed Yasiel Puig to score from third base. That run snapped the right-hander's franchise-record 35 scoreless inning streak. He now sits at 14-4 on the season with a stellar 2.60 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 190/44 K/BB ratio across 162 2/3 innings in his 26 starts. He'll take on the Mets in New York in his penultimate start of the regular season on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 11:34:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg blanked the Phillies over eight innings, striking out 10 in a 3-2 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.

The Phillies aren't very good, but Strasburg would have dominated a lot of lineups today. His change was outstanding, and he located everything, extending his scoreless innings streak to 34 -- a franchise record. This version of Strasburg will make Washington quite formidable in the postseason. His next start could be a playoff preview against the Dodgers on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 03:55:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg shut out the Marlins for six innings and struck out eight in a victory Tuesday.

Strasburg allowed six hits, but all were singles and he didn't walk anyone. The right-hander has pitched 21 scoreless innings with a 22/2 K/BB ratio in his last three starts. He's given up more than three earned runs just three times in 24 starts on the season. Cramps were an issue for him again on Tuesday in Miami, but he made it to 90 pitches -- 60 of which were strikes.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 10:20:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg was brilliant in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Marlins, firing off a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts.

Fantastic work from Strasburg on the afternoon. Not only did he punch out eight batters over his nine innings of work, he issued just one walk while scattering six hits. The 29-year-old right-hander threw 110 pitches (78 strikes) in the nine-inning effort. Oh, and he also smacked a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth. When you're feeling it, you're feeling it. Strasburg will look for a repeat performance when he carries his 2.90 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 164/40 K/BB ratio (142 2/3 innings) into a road rematch with the Marlins next week.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 06:55:00 PM

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2B1Daniel Murphy
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3B1Anthony Rendon
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LF1Adam Eaton
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CF1Michael Taylor
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RF1Bryce Harper
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S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
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