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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%: 98/82 | Average Draft Position: 19.30
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Stephen Strasburg gives up five runs in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg wasn't a factor in the decision Sunday, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings and striking out four in his team's 14-6 win over the Giants.

Strasburg surrendered solo home runs in the first and second innings before running into further trouble in the third, where he allowed three more runs to fall behind 5-0. His offense was able to storm back and eventually take the lead with a six-run sixth inning. Strasburg owns a 3.59 ERA and 202:40 K:BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Saturday.


Stephen Strasburg twirls eight one-run innings in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg earned a win Tuesday, allowing one earned run on three hits and one walk in eight innings while striking out three in his team's 8-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Strasburg (10-10) needed just 95 pitches to blow through eight innings, locking things down after serving up a home run in the first inning. It was his second straight excellent start after a seven-run implosion on Aug. 8. Strasburg owns a 3.41 ERA and 198:38 K:BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Giants Sunday.


Stephen Strasburg limits Mets Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg turned in an excellent start Thursday against the Mets. 

Strasburg allowed one run, zero earned, on three hits over seven innings of work. He struck out eight and walked two. The only blemish against Strasburg came in the fourth inning. After a throwing error put a runner on second, Strasburg allowed a steal and a sac fly. The run was not charged to Strasburg. 

With the win, Strasburg improved to 9-10 on the year. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in his next start. 


Report: Nationals place two stars on waivers, pull them back


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Nationals tested the interest in outfielder Bryce Harper and starter Stephen Strasburg by placing them on revocable waivers and pulling them back when they were claimed, per USA Today.

Both have been disappointments this season. Harper has struggled so mightily that some have called for his demotion to Triple-A. Strasburg is coming off a performance in which he yielded seven runs in five innings and has been particularly vulnerable against stronger opponents all year.


Stephen Strasburg blasted for four home runs vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was slapped with a loss Friday, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings and striking out nine in his team's 7-5 defeat against the Braves.

Strasburg (8-10) was plagued by the long ball Friday, surrendering all seven runs on four home runs throughout the game. It was the first time in his career that he allowed more than two home runs in an outing. Strasburg owns a 3.68 ERA and 186:35 K:BB ratio in 156 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mets Thursday.


Stephen Strasburg twirls seven scoreless innings Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg earned a win Sunday, surrendering just three hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings and striking out 10 in his team's 4-0 victory over the Phillies.

Strasburg (8-9) had dropped his last three starts heading into Sunday, though he was able to pitch seven innings of one-run ball earlier in the week. It's just the second time this season he's allowed no runs (earned or otherwise) in a start. Strasburg owns a 3.39 ERA and 177:33 K:BB ratio in 151 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves Friday.


Stephen Strasburg tosses seven one-run innings vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was hung with a loss Tuesday despite giving up just one earned run on four hits and two walks in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 3-0 defeat against the Marlins.

Strasburg (7-9) has now taken losses in three straight starts, though he gave up four runs in each of his two previous outings before limiting the damage to an RBI double in the sixth inning Tuesday. He owns a 3.55 ERA and 167:32 K:BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings. Strasburg is scheduled to face the Phillies Sunday.


Stephen Strasburg surrenders four runs in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was stuck with a loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Rockies.

Strasburg (7-8) was touched up for three runs in the first inning but held things in check until the sixth, when he was removed with one out and two runners on base, one of which would come around to score. He owns a 3.67 ERA and 163:30 K:BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings. Strasburg is scheduled to face the Marlins Tuesday.


Stephen Strasburg hurt by the long ball Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was done in by home runs Friday against the Brewers.

Strasburg allowed four runs on seven hits over seven innings of work. He struck out nine and walked just one during the outing. Two home runs really hurt Strasburg early. In the first inning, he gave up a solo shot to Scooter Gennett. Khris Davis added to the fun in the second, popping another solo shot. Aramis Ramirez was able to plate two runs in the third on a soft single.

Despite the poor early performance, Strasburg was able to get his act together. He went on to pitch four scoreless innings. Strasburg threw just 98 pitches during the start.

The loss dropped Strasburg to 7-7 on the year. His next start is slated to come against the Rockies. 


Nationals map out rotation plans for start of second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced following Sunday's game against the Phillies that starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will start the second-half opener Friday against the Brewers. He will be followed by Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister in the three-game series.

Williams added Jordan Zimmermann, who left his last start Friday due to a biceps injury, will throw on the side Thursday. If all goes well, then he could rejoin the rotation July 21 at Colorado. Tanner Roark is expected to start either July 21 or July 22 depending on Zimmermann's status.


Stephen Strasburg fans nine in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg put together another solid outing, but was unable to factor into the decision Saturday night against the Phillies in Philadelphia. The right-hander went 5 2/3 innings and yielded two runs on seven hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks. Of his 111 pitches, 68 were strikes.

Strasburg enters the All-Star break with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 20 starts (125 innings). His next start will come after the break, but a date has yet to be determined.

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.