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Stephen Strasburg beats Rays, wins sixth straight start

Jun 20, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

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No one told Stephen Strasburg that NL teams were supposed to struggle in interleague games.

Strasburg won his sixth straight start Wednesday by allowing two runs in seven innings and striking out 10 in the Nationals’ 3-2 defeat of the Rays. He improved to 4-0 against American League East teams this season.

The 23-year-old Strasburg moved to 9-1 with a 2.46 ERA overall and reclaimed the major league lead in strikeouts with 110. He’s 4-0 with a 40/5 K/BB ratio in 26 innings this month.

Strasburg overshadowed Chris Archer tonight in his major league debut. The promising Archer, whom the Rays acquired from the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal prior to 2011, allowed three runs — one earned — and three hits in taking a tough loss. He struck out seven and walked just one before being removed after six innings.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Beating a kid in his MLB debut is a chickens*** move.

    • goskinsvt - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      I would say it’s a cowardly move.

      • Drew Silva - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM

        It’s a clown move, bro.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

        Maddon would never send one of his pitchers out to do that.

      • ajcardsfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        Maddon thought the move was complete horsesh**…or was it horse sh**? Or should I give up on semantics and just put [Expletive]

    • natstowngreg - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Yeah, terrible how Strasburg caused Jeremy Hellickson’s injury, so Hellickson couldn’t start tonight.

      • hammyofdoom - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        You do get that those guys are joking around above us right?… Right?

      • natstowngreg - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM


  2. alexo0 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Strasburg dominating was obviously due to the pine tar he had hidden on his glove, but Maddon has too much respect for the game to call him out on it, preferring instead to let his hitters be embarrassed.

  3. mybrunoblog - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Nats season will look a lot different when Strasburg gets shut down in August. Gonna suck for Nats fans but his future is too valuable to risk.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      It will be tough but somehow, we will survive.At least, those of us who understand that shutting him down is necessary fpr his long-term success.

    • aodonne3 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      They’re gonna give him the ol’ mystery Pedro Martinez 15-day DL injury so we can make a push for the playoffs in mid-September.

  4. aceshigh11 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Strasburg is a simply brilliant pitcher…a true phenom.

    Anyone think we might be looking at a 300-win career?

    I’ve honestly been of the opinion that MLB will never again see a 300-win pitcher, given how the increasingly important role of relievers, pitch counts preventing pitchers from going deeper into games to get the “W”, more frequent injuries and surgery recovery time (Tommy John), etc….

    …but this new era of pitching awesomeness that we’ve been lucky enough to see over the last few seasons has made me reconsider.

    I thought Halladay might have a shot at it, but his recent health woes are worrisome.

    If Sabathia stays healthy and pitches another 10 years, he would need to win 11.5 games/yr. between now and then to get to 300.

    What does everyone else think? Will there be another 300-game winner, and if so, who’s most likely to get there next?

    • xavier46 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Sabathia turns 32 in a month, at his current weight, I doubt he makes it much past 37. It he gets to 20 wins this year, I believe that puts him at 193. If he somehow wins 20 games in each of the next 3 years, it puts him in the 250’s ending the 2015 season at age 35. It’s possible, but I’d say it’s quite a reach. Verlander is 29 and at 114. Going with the young, Bumgarner is only 22, has 28 wins, but who knows if he’ll be an ace. Kershaw is 24 and has 52 wins. King Felix just turned 26 and he’s at 89 – imagine where he would be if he had ever had anything close to an offense!

      It’s going to be so difficult to do. The pitcher will have to burst on the scene by age 21, average 28 starts a year, have an offense capable of scoring for his entire career, etc.

      Of pitchers currently in the majors, I’d say King Felix (if he gets out of SEA), Strasburg, Kershaw, and CC are possible.

      I think it will happen again, but I don’t think that player is currently in the majors.

      • teamobijuan - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM


    • kkolchak - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      A 300 win pitcher? Not likely…even if he really is the second coming of Walter Johnson. The way the modern game is played, it is just too difficult to get the Ws. If he remains healthy from this point out, I see no reason why he couldn’t end up as a 4,000+ K guy, which would put him in the top 5 all time.

      • mybrunoblog - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        I know 300 wins is tough but every generation thinks that there will never be any more 300 win pitchers.
        I remember when Carlton, Seaver and Niekro reached 300 in the 1980s. Everyone said thats it! The last of the 300 game winners. Then Glavine, Johnson and Clemens get there in the 2000’s and we hear the same thing.
        There will be more 300 game winners. Count on it.

  5. btwicey - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    Well done to archer .
    Looks legit

    • seeinred87 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      His team really let him down, especially with that brutal error in the 1st. Archer was shaky the first couple innings, but he did really well once he settled down.

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