Mar 14, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg showed great velocity in a four-inning outing Wednesday, but he gave up two homers and four runs to what had been a slumbering Braves offense.
Strasburg was taken deep twice on fastballs, first to the opposite way by Dan Uggla in the first inning and later on a laser from Jason Heyward in the fourth. He reached as high as 102 mph on the TV gun.
For all of the power behind his pitches, though, Strasburg ended up with just one strikeout. Too many thigh-high fastballs were the problem. He ended up allowing five hits and walking one.
The mediocre outing left Strasburg with an 8.00 ERA through nine innings this spring. The important thing is that he’s healthy, and it’s very encouraging that he’s throwing about as hard as ever. Still, maybe it’d be best not to expect too much too soon from him come April and May.
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