Washington Nationals Need SP Stephen Strasburg To Produce On The Road
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is now 10-10 on the year.
However, Strasburg’s home vs. away record will shock you.
At home, where he is clearly more comfortable, Strasburg has a win-loss record of 8-2 and is recording a 2.30 earned run average. That is an impressive record in DC. The Nationals have been dominate so far this season, and much of that is due to their starting pitching. But unlike his fellow starters, Strasburg is struggling on the road.
On the road this season, he is recording a 2-8 record with a 4.77 ERA. His home and away records are complete opposites of one another.
As the Nationals approach the final weeks of the season, their playoff chances look better and better with each day. They are on the verge of topping their successful 2012 season and are primed to be front-runners going into the playoffs. The team needs to be able to rely on all five of their starters at home and away. As the National League strikeout leader, Strasburg has the potential to be dominate against any team in MLB. The Nationals need him to take his home game confidence on the road.
Strasburg rounds out a stellar starting five that includes two 12-game winners in Doug Fister and Tanner Roark. Pitching is what has kept that Nationals in first place in the NL East and it is what will make them competitive against any opponent in the playoffs.
Strasburg will be one of the go-to starting pitchers come playoff time, and the Nationals will need him to produce no matter what ballpark he is in.