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37 Stephen Strasburg SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 7/20/1988 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: San Diego State | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,900,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/83 | Average Draft Position: 15.73
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Nationals' Stephen Strasburg strikes out seven in win vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg picked up a win Thursday, allowing two earned runs on six hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 8-2 victory over the Mets.

Strasburg (2-2) fell behind by giving up two runs in the second inning but was otherwise solid, and his offense racked up three runs in the third inning to take the lead, one the team would not relinquish.

Strasburg owns a 4.60 ERA and 30:8 K:BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings through five starts. He's slated to face the Marlins Tuesday.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg struggles Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Underachieving Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg continued to baffle the baseball world rather than opposing hitters Saturday.

Strasburg maintained his mediocrity in a loss to Miami, yielding four earned runs on eight hits in six innings to lower his record to 1-2 and raise his ERA to 4.88. He struck out six to give him 23 in 24 innings on the year, but he has had three bad outings in four starts.

The right-hander was rolling along through three, but doubles to Martin Prado and Giancarlo Stanton and single by Justin Bour in the fourth resulted in two runs. Three singles and a double play in the sixth doubled the output and all but ended his night.

Strasburg will try against Thursday on the road against the torrid Mets.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg earns first win of season on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) After two rough starts to being the season, Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (1-1) returned to form on Sunday against the Phillies, allowing one run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings to take the win. 

He struck out seven and walked two in the victory. 

"That may be as good as I've seen him. He pitched at 92, 93 [miles per hour] and was able to reach back when he needed it for 95-plus. For me, that makes his changeup even more effective," Nationals manager Matt Williams said after the game, per MLB.com.

"Today, he threw for strikes when he wanted to, went out of the zone when he needed to. I don't know if I've seen him better than that."

The lone run scored off Strasburg came in the eighth inning via an RBI single from Freddy Galvis. 

Next up for Strasburg are the Marlins in Miami on Saturday.


Nats' Stephen Strasburg gives up 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings in no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/15/2015) Stephen Strasburg gave up 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday to the Red Sox, drawing a no decision. 

Strasburg, who threw 109 pitches and struck out five, was touched for a solo home run from Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. 

After two starts Strasburg's ERA is 6.75. 

Strasburg will look for his first win of the season Sunday against the Phillies.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg opens season on sour note vs. Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg opened the season on a sour note, suffering his first loss of the season Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

Strasburg (0-1) was outdueled by Matt Harvey, who made his long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery. A fielding error by Ian Desmond helped the Mets tack on four runs in the third inning. David Wright singled in two runs in the sixth inning to knock Strasburg out of the game. He said after the game he wasn't frustrated about the sloppy defense, MLB.com reports.

"You can't let those things affect you. Those guys are going to go out there and give you everything they have, every single day," Strasburg said. "That's all I'm expecting because I'm trying to go out there and do the same thing. I know when you face adversity, you want to go out there and pick each other up. I went out there and I tried to do that."

Strasburg permitted six runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings of a 6-3 defeat.

"I thought he pitched well enough to keep us in it. That's for sure." manager Matt Williams said.

The right-hander will look to get back on track Tuesday at Boston. He allowed two earned runs over six innings of work his last time out against Boston in 2012.


Nationals P Stephen Strasburg strikes out 6 in win over Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out six batters in 5 1/3 innings of work during Friday's 8-2 win over the Yankees. 

Strasburg allowed six hits and gave up one earned run during his time in the game. The run came in the fourth inning, when Chase Headley hit an RBI double that scored Jonathan Galvez. Strasburg also surrendered two walks.

This performance gives him a final spring-training ERA of 4.20 in four starts. 

Strasburg is slated to start Thursday against the Mets. 


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg roughed up in start Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is still washing off the effects of a sprained left ankle suffered last week in the weight room. It showed Saturday as Strasburg gave up four runs on four hits, including two home runs, in four innings.

"It's kinda like a trust factor," Strasburg said. "You sprain your ankle really bad you're bracing for it so it's hard to get over that. I didn't really feel anything alarming so it's progress. I've just gotta keep going out there and I'm sure it'll be an afterthought soon."

Strasburg still thinks he has enough time to get his ankle right for his first start of the regular season.

"Yeah, it's going to have to be," Strasburg said. "The thing is you make 33 starts. The biggest thing is having the stamina up there, and I'm just going to go out there and give everything I have and keep plugging along."


Nats' Drew Storen to pitch Friday, Stephen Strasburg on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals right-handed pitcher Drew Storen is among the pitchers slated to make an appearance in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, and starter Stephen Strasburg will pitch Saturday against the Mets, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.

It will be Storen's first outing since he underwent surgery to remove the hook of hamate bone from his left hand back on March 13. Strasburg will also make his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury on March 20.


Stephen Strasburg could start at some point this week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that pitcher Stephen Strasburg came out of Tuesday's bullpen session without any reported issues with his left ankle, according to MASN Sports. Strasburg is expected to start at some point this week.

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg (ankle) close to rejoining rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that pitcher Stephen Strasburg (ankle) will throw one more bullpen session before rejoining the rotation, masnsports.com reports.

Strasburg appears to be past the sprained ankle he suffered during conditioning drills Friday and that caused him to miss Sunday's scheduled start. He's thrown 5 2/3 innings this spring, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg throws light bullpen Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (ankle) threw a light bullpen Sunday without issue, the team announced.

"He's going to be just fine," manager Matt Williams said.

Strasburg was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start after spraining his left ankle in conditioning drills Friday. He has surrendered two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven and walking two in two spring outings.


Nationals' Strasburg to miss start Sunday due to ankle sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will miss his next scheduled spring start Sunday against the Tigers due to a sprained left ankle, which he suffered during conditioning Friday.

However, Williams added the injury is "not serious" and he needs just a few days of rest. A.J. Cole will start in Strasburg's absence.

Strasburg already missed one spring start due to an ingrown toenail. He is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in two spring starts. He also has seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.


Nationals may roll with same spring rotation to start the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has yet to decide who his Opening Day starter will be, but CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggests he'll keep his "ridiculously stacked pitching rotation" the way he has during spring straining, with former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer the likely choice for the first game of the season.

The Nationals have rolled with Scherzer followed by Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez this spring.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg strong in return from toenail issue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg returned to Grapefruit League action Tuesday against the Tigers after making his last start in a minor-league game due to an ingrown toenail. 

Strasburg didn't appear to be slowed at all by his toenail issue, as he tossed four scoreless innings in a 6-4 win. Strasburg (1-0) allowed three hits and no walks, while striking out five.

He lowered his ERA from 10.80 to 3.18 in his second spring start. He has seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.


Nationals manager Matt Williams still weighing options for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has not decided on who his Opening Day starter will be, noting that all five of his pitchers -- Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez -- deserve a chance, per MLB.com.

"A lot goes into it," Williams said. "There's matchups. There is health in the spring. If anybody is a little bit cranky, we want to make sure we back off in that regard. There are three off-days leading up to the regular season. So if we have a hiccup here or there with anybody -- we saw that with Doug last year. … All those things go into it. Track record goes into, knowledge of the [the opponents].

"How they line up is irrelevant when you get past the first [turn through the] rotation anyway," Williams said. "But it's an honor for the guy that's gets chosen [for the Opening Day] start. Everybody wants to get off on the right foot in your first game -- great momentum and all those wonderful things. But if you don't win that first game, it doesn't mean you are dead. You go to the next one."


Nationals' Strasburg to pitch in minor-league game Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who has an ingrown toenail, will make his start Thursday in a minor-league game, manager Matt Williams said Wednesday. A.J. Cole will start in place of Strasburg in Thursday's spring game against the Mets.

"He's a little bit sore moving around, running around," Williams said, per MLB.com. "He's perfectly fine."

Strasburg allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings in his spring debut last week against the Cardinals. He struck out two.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg knocked around in second inning


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) After pitching a perfect first inning, Stephen Strasburg got batted around in the second inning of his spring debut for the Nationals. 

Strasburg retired the Cardinals in order in the first inning, throwing nine strikes in 12 pitches. He wasn't able to complete the second inning, however, giving up two runs and leaving after hitting his 40-pitch limit with two outs. 

Strasburg finished with a line of 1.2 innings, three hits, two earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Twenty six of his 40 pitches were strikes. 

He told Comcast Sportsnet Mid Atlantic's Mark Zuckerman that he was happy with his command of his fastball and curve, but his changeup was cutting on him. 

Strasburg's fastball hit 94 MPH in the game. 


Stephen Strasburg wants to stay with Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Though Stephen Strasburg's agent Scott Boras denied a report that he wanted to be traded in January, the right-handed pitcher said himself that he wants to remain with the Nationals and has no issues with the organization. 

"I haven't said anything like that," Strasburg said in an interview with MLB.com. "I don't feel like that. You have to accept it because that's how the system works. It's like they pick up on any little thing and they twist it. Some people want to turn it to see how many clicks they can get on the webpage."

Strasburg is set to be the ace of a deep rotation that looks to be on of the best in baseball this coming season. With the Nationals winning their second divisional title in the past three seasons, Strasburg said he's happy with the organization. 

"It's the team that drafted me. I love the players here, I love D.C. Winning cures everything, that's for sure," Strasburg said. "I'm excited to be part of the resurgence so far. It's great to see the type of players we bring in here every year. The expectations keep going up and up. Hopefully, we can do big things this year."


Agent Boras denies report Nationals' Strasburg wants to be traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, but a report surfaced this week claiming Strasburg is available in a trade and open to leaving Washington.

However, Strasburg's agent -- Scott Boras -- made sure to deny the report Wednesday at the press conference of another one of his clients -- Max Scherzer, who just signed a seven-year deal with the Nationals.

“We don’t know where that came from,” Boras said Wednesday, per The Washington Times. “Stephen Strasburg wants to play here and wants to be with Max Scherzer and grow. I don’t know who the writer was, but the writer certainly never called us and he never called Stephen.”

The Nationals selected Strasburg with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He made the All-Star team in 2012 and is 43-30 with a 3.02 ERA in five MLB seasons.


Nationals, RHP Stephen Strasburg avoid arbitration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Nationals have agreed to terms with right-hander Stephen Strasburg, avoiding arbitration for the 2015 season, per the team's official website. According to the Washington Post, Strasburg will receive $7.4 million in 2015. He made $3.975 million in 2014.

Strasburg, 26, registered an 3.14 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 242:43 K:BB ratio over 34 starts (215 innings) in 2014. He lost his only start in the postseason, coughing up two runs -- one earned -- over five innings of work. He has a career 3.02 ERA through his first five seasons in the majors.


Nationals tender contracts to 10 players


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Nationals announced they tendered contracts to the following arbitration-eligible players: Jerry Blevins, Tyler Clippard, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Doug Fister, Jose Lobaton, Wilson Ramos, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg.

Stephen Strasburg lasts five innings in postseason debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg lasted just five innings in his postseason debut Friday. 

Strasburg proved to be hittable during the outing, giving up eight hits to the Giants. Strasburg attempted to limit the damage, as all eight hits were singles. Despite that, the Giants were able to strike in both the third and fourth innings. With men in scoring position, Joe Panik singled home a run in the third. Brandon Belt managed to do the same with a man on second the following inning.

Strasburg finished allowing two runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked one during the outing. Strasburg was saddled with the loss.


Nationals tab Stephen Strasburg to start NLDS opener vs. Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Thursday starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will start the NLDS opener against the Giants. Jordan Zimmermann will start the second game and Doug Fister will start the third game.

Stephen Strasburg twirls six innings of two-hit ball


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg twirled six innings of two-hit ball Saturday afternoon at home against Miami, improving to 14-11 on the year. The right-hander issued one walk and struck out seven in a 5-1 victory. Of his 83 pitches, 55 were strikes.

Strasburg ends his regular season campaign with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 242:43 K:BB ratio over 34 starts (215 innings). His next start will come in the postseason.


Nationals set end-of-season rotation plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Nationals announced the team's rotation plans after Wednesday's game was rained out.

Blake Treinen will pitch the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets followed by Gio Gonzalez, who was scheduled to pitch Wednesday. On Friday, Doug Fister and Taylor Hill, who will be called up before the game, will pitch during the Nationals' second doubleheader in two days. Stephen Strasburg remains the probable starter for Saturday, while Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to pitch the season finale Sunday after having his previously scheduled start pushed back due to a shoulder issue.