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Stephen Strasburg is at his best following rare poor starts

Aug 6, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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Rarely has Stephen Strasburg struggled in his brief but spectacular career, but when he does turn in a clunker the Nationals right-hander has done an amazing job bouncing back in his next start.

Mark Zuckerman of crunched the numbers and found that Strasburg has allowed four or more earned runs just five times in 39 career starts. And in his five follow-up starts to those poor outings Strasburg is 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA.

That includes yesterday’s six shutout innings against the Marlins, which came after Strasburg allowed six runs in four innings versus the Phillies last week. With the win he improved to 12-5 with a 2.97 ERA and league-leading 160 strikeouts in 127 innings in his first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery.

  1. headbanger33 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    It’s Steven’s world, we’re all just living in it…from 12 to 6.

    • headbanger33 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Whoops! Stephen’s!

    • headbanger33 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Anyone who “thumbs down” did get this joke?

  2. kkolchak - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Can’t wait to see how he performs next year when his innings limit is no more and he’s back to 100%.

    Zuckerman also reported the other day that Strasburg looking a little ragged occasionally after the AS break is similar to how Jordan Zimmermann looked last year coming off his own TJ surgery as the innings piled up. If Stras improves next year as much as J-Zimm did this year, LOOK OUT.

  3. vcupats - Aug 6, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    What’s going unnoticed is that the Nats are playing very good team baseball this year. If he is shutdown, Washington still has to be taken seriously.

    • natslady - Aug 6, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      SSSSHHHHH— Just keep talking about Stras’ innings and our slumping .260-hitting outfielder, and maybe no one will notice.

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