It’s been over one month since the Washington Nationals decided to shut down their young ace hurler Stephen Strasburg, but the decision still doesn’t seem correct to at least one member of the team. According to a report on FoxSports.com, an unnamed member of the Nationals said if Strasburg hadn’t been shut down last month and would have been on their postseason roster, then the team would have been up two games to none in their National League Division Series versus the St. Louis Cardinals following the initial two games.
The anonymous National player told the website “If we had (Strasburg), we’d be up 2-0…I’m still pretty upset”. Since those comments were made, Washington has lost game three to St. Louis 8-0 and are currently (as this article is being typed) involved in a 1-1 battle with their season on the line in the top of the eighth inning.
Strasburg posted a record of 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA with 197 strikeouts and a 1.15 WHIP in just 159.1 innings of work. At the beginning of the season, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson both went on record and said that Strasburg had an innings limit of approximately 160 placed on him to ensure that his arm would work in the future following his Tommy John surgery in 2010.
There is no guarantee that if Strasburg would have been on the Nats postseason roster, the series would be any different, buttheir starting rotation would have been much deeper and he more than likely would have started game two instead of Jordan Zimmermann, who allowed five earned runs and seven hits in just three innings of work in Washington’s 12-4 game two loss to the Cardinals.