Starter Stephen Strasburg shut the Phillies out over nine innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out ten with 99 pitches as the Nationals wrapped up a series sweep at home with a 6-0 victory. Today's performance marked the tenth time in his young career that Strasburg went into double-digits in strikeouts. The shutout is the first of his career and we expect there will be many, many more.
Stephen Strasburg dominates Phillies for first career shutout
This is a great story for Strasburg and the Nationals, but a better story would have been making a trip to the World Series last season when the team was hot before they decided to shut Strasburg down. This season Strasburg is 6-9 with an ERA under 3 in 24 starts which means he is doing his part to help the team win and simply not getting any help. The Nationals, who are 57-60, are currently 14.5 games behind the red-hot Atlanta Braves and have no shot at making the playoffs this year. This raises the question of whether sitting Strasburg down last year was the right move. While many people will debate this question it simply does not matter because the Nationals may have missed their window of opportunity and that is a true bummer for them and their fans.