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Stephen Strasburg Newsbeat

Monday, November 16, 2015

Your team should pay for a pitcher now because next year’s free agents stink

Isn’t Jaret Wright still available?

Who’s available? A power ranking:

1. Stephen Strasburg
Oh, he’s an ace, alright. Probably. He comes with risks (Tommy John history, a lousy 2015 season, Scott Boras), but if you’re going to pay for talent, it helps if the pitcher has talent. Strasburg has talent. He practically leaks talent. Uh, anyone want to get some rags and help us out with this talent? It’s sort of getting everywhere.

But, yes, Strasburg has the potential to lead a rotation. Most definitely. Don’t forget just how awe-inspiring he can be at his best.

2. C.J. Wilson
He used to be okay! He’ll be 36, but I could see a team giving him a two- or three-year deal.

Wilson might be the second-best pitcher on the 2016-2017 free agent market.

3. Jered Weaver
Wait, he throws 83 miles per hour.

4. R.A. Dickey
Wait, he’s 83 years old.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2015 at 11:12 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, stephen strasburg

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Strasburg reminds everyone what a difference he can make | Nats Insider

The Nationals need more of this Stephen Strasburg.

Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions.

Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise as one and cheer every third strike and salute the right-hander with a lengthy ovation when he departs the mound for good. But it also causes those same people to turns wistful, to have those “what-if?” feeling crop up and lament what might’ve been had Strasburg been able to do this on a more-regular basis.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Friday, August 07, 2015

Stephen Strasburg will start on Saturday |

This isn’t going to help Fister’s free agent value.

Ross has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his each of his first seven starts. On Thursday, Ross pitched six solid innings in an 8-3 victory over the D-Backs.

“He understands if he makes pitches, he has a chance to get them out,” Williams said about Ross. “We’ve seen so far that he doesn’t walk a whole lot of guys and makes you put the ball in play and that’s important. His ball has good late movement … and a good slider to go along with it for strikes when he needs it and out of the zone to get a swing and miss, too.”

Fister, who led the led the Nationals with 16 victories last year, has had it rough in 2015, going 4-7 with 4.60 ERA in 15 starts. He last pitched on Monday against the D-Backs, throwing six innings and allowing five runs and three home runs. A finesse pitcher, Fister had problems keeping the ball down.

“[Fister] wants to pitch,” Williams said. “He’s willing to do whatever he can to help us win. So he was out [in the bullpen] today and he’ll continue to be out there and get innings where we can get him innings. He’s a team guy. He’s ready to pitch at any moment to do whatever he can.

“It’s a difficult task when you’ve been a starter for so long. The opportunities for him will be long. That’s kind of where we see it. It’s never easy but he’s willing to go out there and do what he can to help us win a ballgame.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, nationals, stephen strasburg

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Nationals’ Strasburg Diagnosed With Strained Left Trapezius -

Washington manager Matt Williams said Tuesday the trapezius was the cause of the neck and upper back discomfort. Strasburg is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts and failed to last four innings in four of five outings in May.

“As soon as he feels good, he’ll get back to throwing,” Williams said before Tuesday’s doubleheader against Toronto. “We don’t know when that will be, though. ... But it could be within days that it feels better and he’s able to get back out there and do all the things he needs to do.”

Williams said he and his staff have not observed any mechanical issues with Strasburg during his recent struggles.

“We’ve looked at it extensively,” the manager said. “There’s minor adjustments that guys make over the course of a season, but nothing that glares at us that he’s changed that is drastically different, no.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg



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