Strasburg will start Saturday against the Padres, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. The Nationals confirmed the right-hander's specific assignment for the weekend against the lowly Padres. Strasburg will match up with San Diego southpaw Clayton Richard.
Strasburg (5-1) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 11 over 7.2 innings in Sunday's win over the Braves. The 28-year-old has been pitching to more contact this season, as his career-low 8.8 K/9 demonstrates, but Strasburg is still capable of big strikeout totals when everything's clicking. He'll take a 3.28 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into his next start, Friday at home against the Padres.
Strasburg struck out nine Orioles on Wednesday, but he also gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out nine. This game ended up being decided by the bullpens, with Baltimore's blowing it and letting Strasburg off the hook in the process. It blew his ERA up significantly -- from 2.66 to 3.28 -- but Strasburg has still been quite reliable for fantasy owners to start the year. If he can stay healthy, we could easily see him turn in his finest season yet.
Strasburg (3-1) allowed no runs on five hits and four walks while striking out five over 5.2 innings to earn the win Friday against the Phillies. Strasburg held the Phillies in check, but ran his pitch count up to 119 before being removed before completing six innings. This was the first time in six starts that he's held an opponent to fewer than two runs, but he's been a strong fantasy option, as his ERA sits at 2.66. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Orioles.
Strasburg is set to start Saturday against the Mets after being activated from the paternity list Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Max Scherzer will toe the rubber Friday, and Joe Ross will perform his previously anticipated Sunday assignment. Strasburg is in a good spot to succeed against a so far erratic Mets lineup.
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