Stephen Strasburg Newsbeat
Sunday, August 09, 2015
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.
Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
Friday, August 07, 2015
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.”
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
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.”
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
“I think he’s thinking too much,” catcher Wilson Ramos said. “In this game, when you’re thinking too much, it’s hard to do everything right. It’s like, for example, a hitter. When a hitter’s going to the plate and thinking too much, you’re not going to hit the ball well. It happens, too, with a pitcher. He has to go out there and fight and try to do the best he can. You can’t go out and think too much. I think that’s what’s happening with him right now.”
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Best laid plans…
“He’s got a little issue under his shoulder blade. Had it last start,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said after the game. “Could be an alignment issue, but as he finishes pitches, it grabs him every once in a while. Tonight it got a little bit worse. So we’ll have to have the chiropractor look at him.”
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