As a pitcher, the low scoring close games are the ones that break you. Stephen Strasburg will have to get used to tough losses, like Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals if he is going to be the All Star that many expect him to be in the future. It’s not Strasburg’s performance that will be in question in games like these, but rather the offensive output of his own team that may leave him feeling a bit frustrated.
While Strasburg did give up 9 hits (all singles), just one less than he had in his first three starts combined. He also wrote his name next to another stat in the record book. Strasburg’s 9 strikeouts brings his total through the first four starts of his career to 41, more than any other pitcher in baseball history. Strasburg had already recorded the most strikeouts over his first three starts with a total of 32. However, the Washington Nationals offense was nowhere to be found and Strasburg, while only giving up one run and lowering his ERA to an impressive 1.78, received the first loss of his career.
The right-hander recorded another first that might usually go unnoticed. Strasburg singled in the third inning to record his first hit in the major leagues.
While the Nationals are struggling as a team over the last 9 games, losing 7, Strasburg is still a standout. With up-and-coming catcher, Bryce Harper now in the Nationals’ system it will just be a matter of time before Washington gets a solid offense to ensure that the one-run losses are held to a minimum. Strasburg will just need to be patient, and continue mowing through opponent’s lineups with his near triple-digit fastball, on his way to a great career. At 2-1 with 41 strikeouts and an ERA at 1.78 and dropping, he is already off to an incredible start.
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