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Stephen Strasburg is first pitcher to 100 strikeouts this year

Jun 13, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg Reuters

Stephen Strasburg tossed six innings of two-run ball in a series-sweeping victory over the Blue Jays this afternoon and in the process became the first pitcher this season to crack 100 strikeouts.

Justin Verlander is next up with 95 strikeouts, so he’ll likely join Strasburg in the triple-digit club when he starts tomorrow against the Cubs.

As for Strasburg, he’s 8-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 100/20 K/BB ratio in 77 innings this season, allowing just five homers and a .213 opponents’ batting average through 13 starts. He’s now made 30 total starts for his career–12 before Tommy John surgery and 18 after–and Strasburg is 14-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 216/39 K/BB ratio in 169 innings.

During that time his 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings leads all pitchers with 25-plus starts and no one else has more than 10.0. And his 5.54 strikeouts per walk is the third-best in baseball behind only Cliff Lee at 6.81 and Roy Halladay at 6.27, with no other pitcher above 4.75. Oh, and he doesn’t turn 24 years old until next month.

  1. randygnyc - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    This Yankee fan thinks that kid is a S T U D ! ! !

    • ajcardsfan - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      And with that remark, I think you nailed it

    • natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Too bad the Yankees won’t get to face him this weekend. Just Gio, J. Zimmermann, E. Jackson. The Rays get Strasburg’s next start.

  2. mydadyourmom - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Nats wipe out the Jays. Shatty but them Nats is fo real, whoa.

  3. kkolchak - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Harper has been getting more hype lately, but Strasburg has been just as good at living up to all the hype he got before he was drafted. How lucky are the Nats that after two horrific 100 loss seasons they were not only able to draft the most hyped pitcher and position player prospects ever, but that both of them are actually living up to all of their press clippings?

    • riverace19 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      If RGIII can come close to matching the Nats’ recent #1 picks, DC fans will have a lot to cheer about in September and October for years to come. Everything about the Nats says they are here to stay for a long time.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        well, the Taters have given DC a lot to cheer about, March to August, since the advent of the Danny.

  4. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    The kid is fun to watch. No doubt about it.

  5. natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post, Davey pulled Strasburg an inning early because of a cut finger. Davey has been conservative in using Strasburg, mindful of the innings limit. An inning not pitched here and there (as long as the Nats are winning) could lead to an extra start in August.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      “Davey has been conservative in using Strasburg, mindful of the innings limit.”

      Pitch counts have been high. This game wasn’t bad, with 89 threw 6 IP’s, but three times has needed 100+ pitches to get through 6, and twice needed 90+ to get through 5. If he has an innings limit I’m sure they’re very mindful of a pitch count. Kind of rough being that he’s a strikeout pitcher, which entails high pitch counts.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    He isn’t perfect. The 2 hits he gave up were a triple to Rajai Davis and the 19th home run of the season by Joey Bats.

  7. randygnyc - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Proudly- no one said Strasberg is perfect. He’s only pitched a 140 innings in the major leagues. That’s less than a full years worth. I’m pretty sure he’s still learning the hitters. He’s still learning how to pitch. Give him a few years, without innings limits, without injury and in games that mean something, and then, I’m sure we’ll see an even more dominant, mature pitcher. I’m thinking a verlander like talent. Thats something both special and rare. if he’s not pitching formthe Yankees, then I’m glad he’s in the NL.

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