We've finally reached a shutdown point for Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg. Nats beat writer William Ladson reports that he'll make his last start on Wednesday, September 12th. Ladson reported the start would be against the Dodgers, but the Nationals play them a week later, so he must have been looking at his calendar wrong. Strasburg's final start will instead be at Citi Field against the Mets, with his second to last start coming this Friday at home against the Marlins.
Strasburg started on Sunday for the Nationals in their 4-3 win over the Cardinals, and he was impressive in rebounding from an awful start on Tuesday against the Marlins. Against the Cardinals, Strasburg threw six shutout innings and allowed only two hits, walking one and striking out nine. Strasburg threw only 97 pitches in the outing, and is at 156 1/3 innings for the season. He'll likely finish between 165 and 170 innings, enough to qualify him for the NL ERA title. To date, Strasburg's 2.94 mark is just outside of the top five in the league, but nearly half a run behind Johnny Cueto's league-leading 2.48.no comments