Strasburg retired the first 12 batters he faced in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, finishing the outing having given up one run on two hits over five innings. He struck out four.
He'd last pitched in a bullpen session last Wednesday, so Strasburg was well rested heading into this one. The right-hander has a 7:1 K:BB through 6.1 spring innings, and if he remains on a five-day schedule from here on out, he'd be set up to take the hill against the Mets on Opening Day -- perhaps a sign the Nats don't feel Max Scherzer (side) will be ready for that assignment.
Strasburg threw 53 pitches over three simulated innings in a bullpen session Wednesday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander is staying on a five-day schedule during spring training, requiring him to toss a bullpen on the Nats' off day rather than making a Grapefruit League start a day late Thursday. If he stays on that routine, Strasburg could toss a bullpen again Monday -- another off day for the club -- before seeing game action again Mar. 14 against the Tigers.
Strasburg struck out two of the first three batters he faced Saturday in his first Grapefruit League start before running out of steam, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
The right-hander's final line -- three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings against the Rays -- wasn't impressive, but Strasburg tossed 35 pitches and was generally pleased with the movement on his offspeed offerings. He also believes he spotted a minor mechanical flaw in his delivery which he'll iron out between starts. Strasburg is coming off career highs in wins (18) and strikeouts (251) plus a dominant postseason performance and has a seven-year, $245 contract in his pocket, so expectations for the 31-year-old heading into 2020 may be higher than they've been since he was a mega-hyped rookie. Strasburg has matured significantly since then, however, and his ability to stay healthy could be only thing standing between him and another Cy Young-worthy campaign.
Strasburg agreed to a deal to return to the Nationals on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Strasburg will make $245 million over the course of seven years, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The deal potentially means the 2009 first overall pick will remain in Washington for the entirety of his career. Heading into his age-31 season, Strasburg doesn't look to be slowing down, as he posted a 3.32 ERA in 33 regular-season starts last year and followed that up with a stellar 1.98 ERA over 36.1 postseason innings.
Strasburg rejected his qualifying offer from the Nationals on Thursday, making him a free agent, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Strasburg opted out of the final four years and $100 million of his deal with the Nationals earlier in November, so his decision to reject the qualifying offer was expected. The 31-year-old should have a big market in free agency after recording a 3.32 ERA during the regular season and being named the World Series MVP.
Strasburg received a qualifying offer from the Nationals on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Strasburg recently opted out of the four years and $100 million remaining on his contract, so there's no chance that he accepts the one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer. The Nationals will now be eligible to receive draft-pick compensation should Strasburg sign elsewhere.
Strasburg will be a free agent after opting out of the final four years and $100 million of his deal with the Nationals on Saturday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Strasburg will enter the free-agent market at the pinnacle of his career as he is only days removed from being named World Series MVP. The 31-year-old went 5-0 in the postseason with a 1.98 ERA and 47:4 K:BB over 36.1 innings. The playoff performance was on top of an impressive regular season in which he had a 3.32 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 251:56 K:BB over 209 innings. Strasburg and Gerrit Cole are both in line to receive massive paydays after putting their best feet forward in 2019.
Strasburg went 8.1 innings in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday, holding the Astros to two runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a 7-2 victory.
Strasburg was an absolute stud once again. After getting touched up for a Jose Altuve sac fly and an Alex Bregman solo homer in the first inning, Strasburg settled in and delivered zeros all the way into the ninth. He was finally lifted after retiring Yuli Gurriel to open the inning, although it's possible Strasburg could have finished things off himself with his pitch count at just 104 pitches. Strasburg has made two World Series starts, allowing two earned runs in each with 14 strikeouts and three walks over 14.1 innings. He's 5-0 overall in the 2019 postseason with a 1.98 ERA and 47:4 K:BB ratio in 36.1 innings.
Strasburg allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings in Wednesday's 12-3 win over the Astros in Game 2 of the World Series. He struck out seven.
Strasburg (1-0) got the better of his pitching duel with Houston starter Justin Verlander, emerging with the win to put his Nationals up 2-0 in the series. The only runs he allowed came in the first inning on a two-run home run by Alex Bregman. Strasburg has been outstanding in the postseason, going 4-0 in his five appearances (four starts) with a 1.93 ERA and an absurd 40:2 K:BB ratio across 28 innings.
Strasburg was confirmed as the starter for Game 2 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
As usual, Strasburg will follow Max Scherzer in the rotation. He's set to face off against Justin Verlander.
Strasburg is expected to start Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Strasburg should be fully rested for his start after the Nationals swept the Cardinals in the NLCS. In four appearances this postseason, the right-hander owns a 1.64 ERA with a 33:1 K:BB in 22 innings pitched. Max Scherzer is expected to start Game 1, which will allow both Scherzer and Strasburg to be available later in the series if necessary.
Strasburg will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Strasburg has pitched in three games this postseason, allowing four runs on 11 hits and one walk while recording 21 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched, recording wins in two of his appearances. In 33 regular-season starts this season, the right-hander recorded a 3.32 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Manager Dave Martinez's decision to start Strasburg in Game 3 could allow him to be available later in the series if necessary.
Strasburg did not figure into the decision after going six innings and giving up three runs on six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts Wednesday in a 7-3 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
Strasburg dug himself an early hole by allowing a two-run homer by Max Muncy in the first inning and a solo blast by Enrique Hernandez in the second. However, Strasburg posted zeros the rest of the way and left after the sixth trailing 3-1, keeping things close enough for a Washington rally. He's yielded only four runs and recorded 21 strikeouts in 15 postseason innings heading into the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.
Strasburg threw a bullpen session Monday and isn't expected to be an option out of the bullpen for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Strasburg appears to be on track to start Game 5 on Wednesday, though the Nationals will need to emerge with a victory Monday evening to force Game 5. The right-hander has been dominant in the postseason, surrendering just one run while fanning 14 over nine innings of work.
Strasburg will start Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Friday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Strasburg pitched 34 pitches in relief during Tuesday's wild-card matchup against the Brewers, but manager Dave Martinez indicated that the team views the relief appearance as similar to a normal workload he'd see between starts. Strasburg's start during Game 2 also makes him available to start a potential Game 5 of the NLDS if it would be necessary. The 31-year-old carries a 251:56 K:BB and an 18-6 record this season.
Strasburg (18-6) earned the win Thursday after holding the Phillies to one run on four hits while striking out 10 across six innings.
The righty was lights out and did not issue any walks in his final regular-season start to help secure Washington's lead in the National League wild-card race. Strasburg's only damage of the night was a solo home run off the bat of Cesar Hernandez in the fourth inning. The 31-year-old racked up 18 wins this year, surpassing his previous best of 15. He finishes the regular season with a stellar 3.32 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 251:56 K:BB.
Strasburg allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six across seven shutout innings Saturday against the Marlins. He did not factor into the decision.
Strasburg exited the game with a four-run lead after dominating the Marlins through seven frames. However, the bullpen blew his chance for a win, serving up four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Despite that, it was an impressive outing for Strasburg as he allowed just one-extra base hit and induced 10 groundouts. Strasburg has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven starts -- he gave up three earned runs in other contest -- lowering his ERA to 3.37 for the season. He's likely to draw his final start of the regular season Thursday against the Phillies.
Strasburg gave up two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out six through five innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Monday.
The two runs came in a 38-pitch first inning, but Strasburg recovered to deliver four scoreless frames before being removed from the game after five innings. Strasburg has been on a nice run recently, posting a 1.91 ERA with five consecutive quality starts coming into this start. The 31-year-old has a 3.49 ERA with 235 strikeouts through 31 starts this season. Strasburg is scheduled to make his next start Saturday at Marlins Park.
Strasburg (17-6) earned the win Wednesday at Minnesota after allowing two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Strasburg served up a two-run homer to Jorge Polanco during the third inning but was otherwise able to keep the Twins off the board. The right-hander has been in fine form over his last five starts with a 1.91 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 44:8 K:BB across 33 innings, and he should next take the mound Monday at St. Louis.
Strasburg (16-6) was charged with the loss against Atlanta on Thursday, pitching six innings and giving up three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Strasburg gave up a pair of runs in the first inning but settled down to allow only a single tally on a Ronald Acuna homer over his final five frames. The effort was not enough to prevent his sixth loss, however, as Max Fried outdueled Strasburg by allowing only one baserunner in seven innings of work. Despite the outcome, Strasburg hurled his fourth straight quality start while tossing a season-high 115 pitches, 71 of which were strikes. The 31-year-old will try to get back into the win column when he heads to Minnesota to face the Twins on Wednesday in his next scheduled start.
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