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Stephen Strasburg gives up two homers in third spring start

Mar 14, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg AP

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.

  1. chap6869 - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Oh my God, what ever is wrong with Stephen Strasburg?

    • leerosenthall - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Roy Halladay thanks you.

  2. paul621 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    That’s the last time he’ll have the Strasburger on game day, that’s for sure.

  3. eastcoastblows - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Get rid of him

  4. Jonny 5 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    But, but, Brad Lidge said this was the most talented team he’s ever played on.. This can’t be.

    Strausbionic version 2012 should be just fine. I’m looking forward to a VERY competitive NL east this season.

    • natstowngreg - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      That’s why I love ya, Jonny. You’re almost as optimistic about the Nats as I am. :)

  5. stex52 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Spring Training, right? Developing minor league pitcher, right? I have the feeling if he is hitting 102 after arm surgery that they are going to work out the kinks and he will be fine.

  6. pellypell - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Spring Training: Where good pitchers look bad and bad hitters look good. Simmah down nah.

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