Strasburg (9-7) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 in six innings Tuesday in Miami. He picked up the win. The 11 strikeouts matched Strasburg's season high from back on May 2 against the Pirates. He is 3-0 with a 3.63 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 22. Through 20 starts, Strasburg has four outings with double-digit strikeouts. He lines up for two starts next week, Monday at home against the Marlins and Sunday in Colorado.
Strasburg's next start will come Wednesday against the Phillies, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. Strasburg was initially in line to start Tuesday, but he'll bump back a day after Sunday's contest was rained out. He's now scheduled to face off with Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola on the road.
Strasburg (7-7) didn't factor in the decision in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Cubs. He allowed three runs (two earned), six hits, three walks and struck out six over 5.2 innings. Strasburg needed 111 pitches to get through 5.2 innings, and he has now allowed multiple walks in four of his last five starts. Overall, it's been a disappointing season by Strasburg's standards, as he carries a 4.04 ERA with a 124:30 K/BB ratio over 107 innings (18 starts). He'll look to improve on those numbers in his next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday against the Phillies.
Strasburg's fastball sat in the 92-93 mph range during the first inning of Monday's win over the Phillies and topped out at 95, a step back from his 95.2 mph average prior to suffering a nerve impingement in his neck, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. That's now two starts in a row in which Strasburg's heater hasn't had its usual pop. He was still able to be effective by relying on his off-speed pitches, particularly his changeup, but if his fastball continues to sit in the 92-94 mph range he could struggle to post the kind of ratios and strikeout percentage fantasy GMs have grown accustomed to seeing from the 30-year-old.
Strasburg (7-7) tossed six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five as he notched the win Monday against Philadelphia. Strasburg surrendered two runs in the third inning, but he managed to turn in a quality start as he exited the ballgame with a three-run lead. The 30-year-old managed to turn his performance around after scuffling of late, as he'd struggled to an 0-3 record with 17 runs allowed over his previous four starts heading into the series opener. Strasburg is slated to pitch next against the Brewers on Sunday.