Stephen Strasburg tosses first career shutout
The hype about Stephen Strasburg has been crazy since he was drafted first overall in 2009. And while he has been great when he has pitched for the Washington Nationals, he has never been able to give them the length aces usually require. That changed on Sunday as Strasburg threw his first career shutout as the Nationals beat the Phillies 6-0.
Strasburg typically requires a high pitch count to navigate through games because he strikes out so many batters, but in this one he only needed 99 pitches to get through nine innings, reports NBC Sports. Strasburg struck out ten while allowing only four hits and one walk in the Nationals third straight victory.
This was Strasburg’s best outing of the year, but the Washington Times reports that it almost didn’t happen. In the second inning Strasburg threw a 2-0 pitch to Dominic Brown to the backstop, and winced. The head trainer came out and checked on Strasburg who threw a warm up pitch which convinced his manager and the trainer he could stay in. Stay in he did, and he never ended up leaving the game.
The Nationals as a whole have been a major disappointment this year, as many predicted they would represent the National League in the Word Series. Instead they are three games under .500 and 14.5 games back of the first place Atlanta Braves.
Strasburg however has not been a disappointment. His win loss record leaves much to be desired (5-9), but his 3.01 ERA and 143 strikeouts are very good. Strasburg has been a victim of the Nationals lack of offense this season, and he may need a few more shutouts to get that record where it deserves to be.