Strahm (2-3) completed six innings Tuesday, giving up two runs on four hits to earn the win over Arizona. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. As promised by manager Andy Green last week, Strahm's pitch count was monitored closely -- he was removed after throwing only 69 pitches. Still, he was efficient enough to earn his second victory of the season, limiting the scoring to only a pair of solo home runs. Despite the ho-hum record, Strahm has pitched well in his first full season as a starter, compiling a 3.06 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in his nine outings. He'll have a tough road game Monday against the Yankees in his next scheduled start.
Manager Andy Green said Thursday that Strahm's pitch counts will be monitored throughout the season, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. "We're going to take care of him all season long, like we do Chris [Paddack]," Green said of Strahm. "We're going to still try to limit the number of pitches he throws on a daily basis and still try and have an opportunity to win every game." Though Paddack and Strahm have shined out of the rotation this season, the Padres remain mindful of not overworking the two pitchers after both covered less than 100 innings in 2018. Strahm's restrictions were a byproduct of pitching almost exclusively out of the bullpen last season, so he may be subjected to a shorter leash during his starts even when he's cruising. Strahm has eclipsed the 90-pitch mark in just one of his eight starts and should continue to receive at least five days off between turns. He lines up for his next outing Tuesday against the Diamondbacks at home.
Strahm (1-3) took the loss Wednesday as the Padres were downed 2-0 by the Dodgers, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings while striking out five. Once again, the young southpaw was the victim of poor run support. Strahm has given up two runs or fewer in seven straight trips to the mound, including four quality starts, but he has only one win to show for his efforts. He'll take a 3.07 ERA and 39:8 K:BB through 44 innings into his next outing Monday, at home against Arizona.
Strahm allowed two runs on six hits and one walk over 6.1 innings during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Mets. He struck out seven but did not factor in the decision. Strahm delivered his fourth straight quality start and has a 26:1 K:BB in 26.1 innings across those outings, but unfortunately the Padres didn't take the lead Wednesday until after he exited the game. The 27-year-old has a 3.00 ERA and 1.10 WHIP through his first seven starts (39 innings) of the season, and lines up to face the Dodgers on the road next week.
Strahm (1-2) picked up the win against the Braves on Thursday, giving up two earned runs on eight hits over six innings, striking out six and walking none in the Padres' 11-2 victory. Strahm capitalized on a big day from the Padres' lineup, hurling a quality start and picking up his first win of the season. The 27-year-old was tagged for five earned by the Diamondbacks in his first start of the season, but he hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his four starts since then, leaving him with a solid 3.03 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and a 27:5 K:BB over 32.2 innings.