The Struggles of Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg

By Harry Floyd
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SP Stephen Strasburg is one of the best strikeout pitchers in MLB.

Many hitters cannot touch him. Others, however, have found a way to hit Strasburg. On the year, the starting pitcher is 7-8 with an earned run average of 3.67. While that isn’t an incredibly high ERA, it is the highest of the five starting pitchers on the Washington Nationals.

Strasburg isn’t supposed to be the pitcher to be concerned about in Washington. Fellow starters Tanner Roark and Doug Fister are leading the way for the Nationals with ERAs under three and 19 wins split between them. They set the bar high for the pitching staff.

It has been five appearances since Strasburg’s last recorded victory, and he is 0-2 in his last four games. Two of his no-decisions were on account of not getting enough support at the plate, as he only gave up two earned runs in each of those outings. He has given up at least seven hits in each of his last three games though. Despite his ability to strikeout hitters, he hasn’t found a way to win consistently.

On a National League East first place team with a pitching staff that is ranked first in the majors in terms of ERA, it’s hard to complain about one pitcher in particular, but Strasburg’s struggles have to be realized and addressed if the Nationals want to be a contender down the stretch. He can easily bounce back with a string of wins in the coming weeks, as he is just three wins away from a 10-win season.

Strasburg must continue to throw to his strengths, find ways to deliver ground ball pitches, and hope for run support on the part of the offense.

Harry Floyd is a Washington Nationals/MLB writer for Follow him on Twitter @floydhe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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