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37 Stephen Strasburg SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/220 | Birthdate: 7/20/1988 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: San Diego State | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $3,900,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/93 | Average Draft Position: 19.31
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Stephen Strasburg remains dominant in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg remained dominant on Monday against the Orioles, but was unable to settle for a no-decision. The right-hander permitted two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out nine over seven innings of work.

Over his last two starts covering 14 2/3 innings, Strasburg has allowed only three earned runs. He owns a 3.47 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 19 starts (119 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Saturday at Philadelphia.

Stephen Strasburg strikes out eight in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg cruised to a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings while striking out eight in his team's 7-1 victory over the Rockies.

Strasburg (7-6) was excellent through seven innings before serving up a solo home run in the eighth and also walking the last batter he faced. He delivered an impressive rebound performance after surrendering seven runs in his previous start. Strasburg owns a 3.53 ERA and 131:24 K:BB ratio in 112 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Orioles Monday.


Sit tight with Stephen Strasburg


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2014) After a disastrous outing Wednesday at Milwaukee, Stephen Strasburg now has a 3.70 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, making him not quite the ace his NL-leading 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings would have you believe. But his comments after the game may shed some light on the disappointing numbers:

"I'm not right mechanically right now, and I think it's causing [hitters] to see the ball a lot better," he told The Washington Post. "Happens to everybody. I'm going to keep working hard, and it's going to turn."

So ... does that mean, like, tipping pitches? What is it you're saying, Stephen?

"Still trying to figure that out. Just doesn't feel the same. Doesn't look the same."

Whatever is going on with Strasburg, it's not just in his head. Pitching coach Steve McCatty can tell something is off as well.

"It"s hard to say," McCatty said. "Rushing a little bit, a little bit of collapsing on the back leg and a little lateral. Some of them looked like that. Something we'll work on."

OK, that sounds less like tipping pitches, but it's a problem nonetheless. I remember "collapsing the back leg" was something John Farrell helped Jon Lester correct in his return to the Red Sox last year.

My thinking is that if Strasburg is this good with a mechanical flaw -- and again, his strikeout rate speaks for itself -- just imagine how good he'll be when he and McCatty correct it. Now that they've detected it, it's only a matter of time.

You wouldn't want to sell him short in Fantasy.


Stephen Strasburg clobbered by skeleton Brewers lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had hurled nothing but quality starts since April 15 heading into his last outing. But he had one Friday and added his worst performance of the season Wednesday.

Strasburg was mashed in Milwaukee despite the absence of three top hitters, giving up a grand slam to Scooter Gennett in the second inning and going downhill from there. He yielded a second blast to Khris Davis and finished giving up seven earned runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He managed a season-low two strikeouts as his ERA was raised to 3.70, its highest point in two months.

He will attempt to bounce back Tuesday against Colorado.


Late rally gets Stephen Strasburg off hook


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg had to be bailed out by a late rally Friday, as he settled for a no-decision in a 6-4 extra-innings loss.

Strasburg was in line for the loss, after giving up four runs in six innings of work. He allowed nine hits and no walks, while striking out eight batters in six innings. He earned a no-decision when the offense rallied to score two runs off Braves All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to send it to extras.

Strasburg remains 6-5 on the season with the no-decision, while his ERA rose to 3.24. He will look for win No. 7 in his next trip to the mound, set for Wednesday in Milwaukee. 


Stephen Strasburg surrenders three runs in loss vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg took the loss Saturday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Cardinals.

Strasburg (6-5) entered the seventh inning locked in a 1-1 tie, but the Cardinals were able to push three runs across in the frame, with one coming on a home run surrendered by the starter, who was removed with two outs and one run on. Strasburg owns a 3.06 ERA and 113:20 K:BB ratio in 94 innings. He's slated to take on the Braves Friday.


Stephen Strasburg dealing with minor back tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg suffered minor back tightness in Monday's win over the Giants, masnsports.com reports.

The team decided to remove him as a precaution after six innings while they held a commanding lead. The Nationals will continue to monitor the issue, but he seems likely to be back on the mound this weekend for his next scheduled start.


Stephen Strasburg strikes out seven in win vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg picked up a win Monday after giving up just one earned run on four hits in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 9-2 victory over the Giants.

Strasburg (6-4) is hitting his stride, giving up just three earned runs in 19 innings over his last three starts while striking out 27 batters and walking only one. He owns a 2.99 ERA and 108:19 K:BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings. Strasburg is slated to take on the Cardinals Saturday.


Stephen Strasburg strikes out 11 in win vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg earned his second straight win Wednesday after giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits in seven innings while striking out 11 in his team's 8-4 victory over the Phillies.

Strasburg (5-4) hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since April 15. The Phillies scored two runs in a fifth inning in which the Nationals committed two errors. His two earned runs came on a seventh-inning home run before game went into a lengthy rain delay. Strasburg owns a 3.10 ERA and 101:19 K:BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings. He'll square off with the Giants Monday.


Stephen Strasburg fans 9, gets back to .500


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was borderline dominant at times Friday, in a 9-2 win over the Rangers.

Strasburg wasn't quite sharp in the early innings, allowing two unearned runs in the second. That was all the Rangers could manage in the outing, as he made it through six innings allowing no earned runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine batters.

Strasburg tossed his eighth quality start in a row, and pushed his record to 4-4 in 12 starts. He carries a 3.15 ERA into hext next outing, set for Thursday against the Phillies. 


Stephen Strasburg Ks seven in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg twirled a gem on Saturday, but was not backed by enough run support and was hit with the loss, in a 3-2 defeat to the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Strasburg (3-4) allowed a home run to Neil Walker in the fourth inning and two runs in the seventh, including a go-ahead run-scoring single to Josh Harrison. The right-hander permitted three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings of work.

Strasburg has allowed three earned runs in two of his last three starts. He owns a 3.42 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 81:18 K:BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings pitched. He will make his next start Friday at home against Texas.

Stephen Strasburg abandons slider developed this spring


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg claimed just before the regular season that he planned on including a newly developed slider into his repertoire. But he has since abandoned it. He has not used it at all in his last four starts.

"He feels uncomfortable with the slider," catcher Wilson Ramos told the Washington Post. He said he doesn't want to throw it. He stays with his best pitches."

Strasburg hasn't missed it. He has yielded just seven earned runs in 27 1/3 innings during those four starts. He has walked just four and struck out 21.


Stephen Strasburg goes seven strong in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg put together a quality start but failed to factor into the decision Monday night in his team's 4-3 defeat in extras. The right-hander permitted two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of work.

Over his last six starts covering 50 1/3 innings, Strasburg has allowed only nine earned runs. He'll look to keep rolling Saturday at Pittsburgh. In four starts away from home, he is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA.

Stephen Strasburg takes tough loss vs. Diamondbacks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw the ball well, but was outdueled in a 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Strasburg had an early lead, but the offense was unable to muster anything from the third inning on. He tossed seven solid innings, limiting the Diamondbacks to three runs on eight hits, but took the loss to drop his record to 3-3 on the season. He struck out six batters without walking one.

Strasburg hasn't been as consistently solid as usual this season, though he is riding a five-game quality start streak. He has a 3.48 ERA in 54 1/3 innings heading into his next start, set for Monday against the Reds. 


Stephen Strasburg looks to solve first-inning troubles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg, who faces the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Tuesday, has been awful in the first inning but dominant after that, reports the Washington Post. Strasburg has a 9.00 ERA in the first inning and a 2.34 ERA from the second inning on. Opponents are batting .425 against him in the first.

The paper said Strasburg relies too heavily on fastballs in the first inning, failing to mix in enough curves and changeups. Strasburg also has been victimized by a high batting average on balls in play (.500) during the first inning.

Strasburg is 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA overall heading into his ninth start.


Stephen Strasburg gets above .500 for first time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg overcame a rough start Wednesday and got back over .500 in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

Strasburg pitched into the eighth inning in the start, which is a surprise given how he opened the game. The Dodgers jumped on him for two runs in the first inning, thanks to four consecutive singles. He was able to settle down nicely from that point on, however.

Strasburg ultimately gave up just those two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out six, while throwing 77 of 114 pitches for strikes as he earned his third win of the season.

Strasburg is now 3-2, after starting the season 1-2 through his first four starts. He has also lowered his ERA to 3.42 in eight starts, heading into his next start, set for Tuesday in Arizona. 


Nationals retool starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced a few changes to the starting rotation following Sunday's series finale against the Phillies, MASN reports. Williams will got with Jordan Zimmermann on Monday against the Dodgers. Tuesday's starter is yet to be determined.

Stephen Strasburg will start the series finale against Los Angeles on Wednesday, followed by Doug Fister on Friday against the A's in Oakland. It will be Fister's first start as a member of the Nationals.

Stephen Strasburg works past early HR, settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg worked past some early troubles and managed to escape Friday's start against the Phillies with a no-decision.

Strasburg served up a three-run home run to Marlon Byrd in the opening frame for his lone damage of the night. He was charged with three unearned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings. He tossed 83 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Strasburg has posted a 3.60 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 40 innings. He has a 58:13 K:BB ratio over that span. He'll make his next start Friday at Oakland.

Stephen Strasburg stays dominant with 11 Ks in win over Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (2-2) racked up double-digit strikeouts for the third time this season, fanning 11 and collecting his second win of the season in his team's 11-1 victory over the Padres. The right-hander permitted seven hits and two walks over seven scoreless frames.

Strasburg lowered his ERA from 5.33 to 4.24 after Friday's win. He owns a 1.41 WHIP and a 53:12 K:BB ratio over 34 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Friday night against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Stephen Strasburg bounces back with nine-strikeout start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg bounced back from a rough start Tuesday at Miami to strike out nine during a no-decision Sunday vs. St. Louis. The right-hander was charged with two runs on five hits and one walk over six innings.

Strasburg, who allowed six runs in four innings Tuesday, got off to a great start Sunday, striking out two in the first inning.

He ran into some trouble in the second inning, as St. Louis collected three hits and one run. Strasburg didn't give up another run until opposing pitcher Shelby Miller had an RBI double with two outs in the fifth.

Strasburg left the game trailing 2-0, but was off the hook for the loss as Washington rallied for a 3-2 win. His next scheduled start is for Friday against the Padres.


Stephen Strasburg hammered in loss Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was lit up for six earned runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings while striking out five in his team's 11-2 loss to the Marlins Tuesday.

Strasburg (1-2) isn't one to have many poor starts in a season, especially against the Marlins, a team he dominated in his previous start. With the down outing, he owns a 6.00 ERA but also a 33:9 K:BB ratio in 21 innings. Strasburg will face off against the Cardinals at home Sunday looking for a better result.


Stephen Strasburg whiffs 12 in win over Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg put together a dominant outing on Thursday, striking out 12 and earning his first win of the season at home against the Marlins.

Strasburg fired six scoreless innings of two-hit ball before serving up a solo home run to Marcell Ozuna in the seventh. He yielded one run on three hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings of work in a 7-1 victory. He tossed 98 pitches, 71 of which were strikes.

Strasburg has struck out at least 10 in two of his first three starts. He's posted a 4.24 ERA and 28:6 K:BB ratio over 17 innings pitched. He'll face the Marlins again Tuesday in Miami.

Nationals finalize rotation plans for rest of week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) The Nationals finalized their rotation plans for the rest of the week.

Manager Matt Williams said Jordan Zimmermann will start Wednesday and Stephen Strasburg will finish off the Miami series Thursday. Tanner Roark will then start Friday's series opener against the Braves, with Taylor Jordan going Saturday and Gio Gonzalez on Sunday.


Stephen Strasburg strikes out six in loss Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg suffered the loss Saturday, giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 6-2 loss to the Braves.

It's the second straight game that Strasburg enjoyed an elevated strikeout rate despite allowing several runs on the scoreboard. He owns a 6.10 ERA and 16:5 K:BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings after two starts. Strasburg should see his next action in a rematch with the Braves Friday in Atlanta.


Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 in debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg surrendered four earned runs on five hits and two walks in six innings while striking out 10 in his team's 9-7, 10-inning win over the Mets on Opening Day Monday.

Strasburg had a rough start to the season, giving up three runs in the first inning and another in the second, but settled down and mowed through the Mets lineup over his final four frames. He figures to contend for the Cy Young award if he remains healthy this season. Strasburg is set to make his next start Saturday against the Braves.