Strasburg (13-1) pitched six innings Thursday, allowing six runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out 10 Dodgers in his first loss of the season. Even though his record is no longer spotless, Strasburg is enjoying perhaps his best season in the majors. Thursday, he recorded his eighth double-digit strikeout game of the year, second only to the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (nine) this season. Despite Strasburg's worst outing of the 2016 campaign, and the first time he has allowed six-plus runs in a game since May 12, 2015, Washington's ace still has a sweet 2.83 ERA. Although it may be a little later than expected, the top pick of the 2009 MLB Draft is a legitimate NL Cy Young candidate headed toward the home stretch.
Strasburg (13-0) gave up an earned run on three hits and two walks over eight innings in Friday's 5-1 victory over the Pirates. He struck out six and also helped his own cause by driving in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice bunt. The Strasburg Express keeps rolling along, with the right-hander throwing 69 of 105 pitches for strikes, and notching first-pitch strikes on 19 of the 28 batters he faced. His only hiccup was the RBI single he gave up to Jody Mercer in the fifth, and he looked considerably refreshed after refraining from participating in the All-Star Game, giving him seven days between starts. The 27-year-old has now won 16 straight decisions dating back to last September, a Nationals franchise record for starting pitchers. Strasburg will look to extend his remarkable streak in a Thursday afternoon start versus the Dodgers.
Strasburg threw a bullpen session in San Diego on Tuesday and may be on track to start Friday's game against Pittsburgh, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. An official announcement for the weekend series against Pittsburgh is likely forthcoming, but the expectation all along has been that Strasburg will get the nod in the first game for the Nats as the team resumes action following the All-Star break.
Strasburg (12-0) allowed just one run on two hits and three walks over seven inning Friday while striking out nine in a 3-1 win over the Mets. He's the first National League pitcher since the Giants' Rube Marquard in 1912 to begin a season with 12 straight victories, although he'll have a hard time matching Marquard's 18-0 mark before taking his first loss. Strasburg declined his invite to the All-Star Game, electing to rest over the break instead, but his 2.62 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 132:31 K:BB in 106.2 innings is more than worthy of the honor. The Nats have yet to announce how they'll set their rotation coming out of the break, but with Max Scherzer set to replace Strasburg in the All-Star Game, Strasburg is the most likely candidate to take the hill Friday at home against the Pirates to begin the unofficial second half.
Strasburg (11-0) didn't seem hampered by his back injury at all Sunday, no-hitting the Reds through 6.2 innings while walking four and striking out five. Despite the fact that he was flirting with history, manager Dusty Baker smartly gave Strasburg the hook after 109 pitches. Matt Belisle then served up Cincinnati's first hit and first run of the game in the eighth inning to end the potential combined no-hitter or shutout. Strasburg now has a 2.71 ERA and outstanding 123:28 K:BB in 99.2 innings on the season and he'll take his perfect record into Citi Field on Friday to face Noah Syndergaard and the Mets.