Strasburg (4-3) picked up the win Saturday, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over eight innings while striking out seven in a 5-2 victory over the Cubs. The right-hander was in firm control all night, generating 15 swinging strikes among his 93 pitches (69 total strikes). Strasburg has delivered five quality starts in his last six trips to the mound, and he'll take a 3.32 ERA and eye-popping 82:16 K:BB through 65 innings into his next outing Thursday, on the road against the Mets.
Strasburg (3-3) tossed six innings against the Dodgers on Sunday, taking the loss in spite of allowing only two runs on four hits. He walked a pair and struck out seven. Strasburg's effective performance was overshadowed by opposing starter Hyun-Jin Ryu holding Washington hitless for 7.1 innings. Nonetheless, the outing marked Strasburg's fourth quality start in his last five appearances -- a stretch in which he has racked up 47 strikeouts in 34.1 innings. Unfortunately, Washington's offense has provided Strasburg only 10 runs of support in those five starts and has been shut out in his last two outings. He'll carry a 3.63 ERA and 1.05 WHIP into his next start Saturday versus the Cubs.
Strasburg (3-2) allowed four earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out 11 across 6.2 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Brewers. Strasburg showed no signs of trouble until the seventh inning, when he allowed four of the first six batters he faced to reach base. That culminated in a bases-loaded double by Lorenzo Cain, accounting for three of Strasburg's four earned runs, with the final earned run coming after he was pulled from the contest. However, there were still plenty of positives to take away from Strasburg's performance, as he generated 21 swinging strikes and held the dangerous Brewers lineup without a home run. Off to a strong start to the season from a skills perspective, Strasburg will draw another tough assignment in his next start at the Dodgers.
Strasburg allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine across 6.2 innings Thursday against the Cardinals. He did not factor into the decision. Strasburg became the fastest player to reach 1,500 career strikeouts, requiring just 1,272.1 innings to do so. He also turned in a strong outing otherwise, limiting the Cardinals to no extra-base hits while generating 23 called strikes and 18 swinging strikes. Early on this season, Strasburg has proven capable of consistently working deep into games, as he has reached six or more innings pitched in six of his seven starts. He'll look to keep things going, though he does draw a tough matchup at Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Strasburg allowed two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and only one walk across seven innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Saturday. The only runs Strasburg yielded came via the home run, which has been an issue for him this season. He's tossed up six homers in six starts, giving him a career-high 1.4 HR/9 this year. However, the plethora of home runs Strasburg has allowed might not be a reason to be too concerned because his flyball percentage is actually lower than it was a year ago. The reason for the increased homers allowed is his HR/FB is about seven percent higher than it was in 2018, which could fall back down to earth in a larger sample size. Overall, Strasburg is 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 37.2 innings this season. His next scheduled start is Thursday at home against the Cardinals.