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.
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
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.
Outfielder Jayson Werth continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-4 after entering the ballgame hitting .542 since the start of August. Werth was on third base in the fifth inning when Wilson Ramos hit a ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley. Utley made an errant throw home, allowing Werth to score on what appeared to be a close play, but catcher Erik Kratz couldn’t hold onto the ball. Werth was a little shaken up on the play, and was removed from the game in the seventh inning, replaced by Roger Bernadina.
The win is the Nats’ third in a row. They will play three games against the Giants at home before departing for a ten-game road trip against the Braves, Cubs, and Royals.