As if Stephen Strasburg's career hadn't taken enough twists and turns, the theoretical ace had his most topsy-turvy season yet in 2015, beginning with the most miserable stretch of his career and ending with the most dominant. His ERA stood at 6.55 when a neck injury landed him on the DL after 10 starts, and that's when we learned he had also been pitching through a ankle injury that dated back to spring training, altering his mechanics. He returned briefly in June only to need another DL stint for a strained oblique. Rested and recalibrated, Strasburg ultimately reminded us what makes him so great with four double-digit strikeout efforts over his final five starts. As the saying goes, it's not how you start but how you finish, and Strasburg's finish should make him one of the top 10 starting pitchers off the board again.
Strasburg has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.4 million deal with the Nationals on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Strasburg's career hasn't exactly gone has planned thus far, but he still possesses the talent to serve as the ace of a pitching staff. He and Scherzer will do so for the Nats in 2016, Strasburg's last before he will be able to test the waters of free agency.
Strasburg was tendered a contract by the Nationals on Wednesday. The Nationals made it official Wednesday that Strasburg will be brought back to the club in 2016. With the departure of Jordan Zimmermann, Strasburg will be relied upon even more and will be one of the top arms in the teams rotation again.
Strasburg had a non-cancerous growth surgically removed from his back about one month ago, according to his agent Scott Boras, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports. Recurring upper-back and neck issues hampered Strasburg on and off throughout the season, and it seems the growth may very well have been the cause. Apparently, the growth was "muscular" in origin, and the right-hander is said to be doing well a month removed from surgery. Strasburg managed to perform at an extraordinary level down the stretch despite the issue, posting a 1.90 ERA and 92:8 K:BB after the All-Star break.
Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (11-7) finished his season with six sharp innings in Atlanta on Thursday, striking out seven while allowing one walk, six hits and no runs in a winning effort. While he failed to stretch his streak of double-digit-strikeout games to five, Strasburg still ended the campaign on a brilliant run, having given up just five earned runs in his final five outings while putting up a spectacular 57:5 K:BB in 36.1 innings. While it was an injury-shortened season for Strasburg and a disappointing campaign for the Nationals, better things should be in his future.
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was dominant again in a no-decision Saturday, striking out 13 Phillies while allowing just one run on three hits and a walk over eight innings. His final line on the season won't look so bad, as Strasburg now has a 3.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 148:25 K:BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings, but his 5.16 ERA in 13 starts before the All-Star break likely helped ruin a lot of fantasy seasons, not to mention the Nats' playoff hopes. He'll get one more chance to pad those numbers Thursday in Atlanta.