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Stephen Strasburg (SP)

Washington Nationals - 97% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

So far so very good for Stephen Strasburg, who put up a line of 7IP 2ER 4H 9K 1BB 1HR (Game Score 69) on 113 pitches to defeat the Phillies in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Fantasy Impact: In his second outing after coming off the DL, Strasburg (5-5, ERA 5.49) went seven innings for the first time since April 19. He is a particularly good choice against high strikeout teams.


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In his first game off the DL, Stephen Strasburg waited out a two hour rain delay, then struck out six, walked one and allowed four hits on 94 pitches for the win. His fastball was sharp.

Fantasy Impact: The only quibble in Strasburg's performance was the lack of efficiency. He improved his record to 4-5, and brought his inflated ERA down a notch to 5.90.


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The Nationals have reinstated RHP Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Joe Ross to Triple-A Syracuse. Strasburg will start tonight at Nats Park against the Atlanta Braves. (Source: Chris Johnson via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Caution is warranted before playing Strasburg (3-5 ERA 6.55) to see if he has fully recovered from ankle and neck injuries.


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Stephen Strasburg, on the DL as of June 6 with a neck injury, threw another bullpen session. Next is live batting practice and at least one rehab start, according to manager Matt Williams. (Source: James Wagner via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If all goes well, Strasburg (3-5, ERA 6.55) could be back in the Nationals' rotation during the next home stand. Fantasy players should wait to see if the rest has solved his problems.


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The Nationals have placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day DL with neck tightness. (Source: Kyle Brostowitz )

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (3-5, ERA 6.55) came out of his last start after only 16 pitches and has exited early in four of his last five starts.


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Stephen Strasburg was removed after pitching to one batter in the second inning (total of 16 pitches). Reporters were informed postgame that he has an injury to his left trapezius muscle. He will be evaluated Saturday. (Source: Dan Kolko via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg had previously reported pain "under his shoulder blade" which suggests that an existing trap muscle injury was aggravated in this game. A DL stint is probable.


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For the third time in his last four starts Stephen Strasburg failed to make it out of the fourth inning, surrendering six runs (five earned) on seven hits, including a homer, as he struck out three and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: After a couple of sharp innings, Strasburg's velocity fell and his fastball lacked movement, making the right-hander eminently hittable. If one of his spring training injuries is lingering, it's possible Strasburg (3-5, ERA 6.50) could go on the DL.


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It wasn't great, but Stephen Strasburg's start against the Padres was a marked improvement over his previous two outings. The righty went five innings, allowing five hits (one homer) and one walk, while striking out seven. He overcame a rough first inning (31 pitches) marred by a wild pitch and some shaky defense.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (3-4, ERA 5.98) relied more on his fastball, showing good velocity and control. Hopefully, he can build on this start.


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Pitching with an extra day of rest, Stephen Strasburg left with one out in the fourth inning after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits, including two home runs. He also misplayed a comebacker.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (2-4) now has an ERA of 6.06.


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Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs on four hits, with two strikeouts, two walks, and a throwing error as he completed three innings of work (64 pitches) and was charged with the loss to Miami.

Fantasy Impact: Postgame, Nationals manager Matt Wiliiams said Strasburg (2-3, ERA 4.73) has an "alignment issue" with his shoulder, a condition he had worked through in his previous start. Williams declined to say whether Strasburg would go on the DL.


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After a bumpy start, Stephen Strasburg settled into a nice groove with excellent fastball velocity and control, for a final line of 5.1 IP 2ER 6H 7K 1BB and the win.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (2-2, ERA 4.60) was unhittable for three innings. If he can extend that to six or seven, watch out.


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Stephen Strasburg was alternately brilliant and shaky as he gave up four earned runs on eight hits, with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings of work. The Marlins were able to jump on first-pitch fastballs for solid hits.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (1-2) now has an ERA of 4.88. His next scheduled start is April 30 at the New York Mets.


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Stephen Strasburg had all his pitches working, especially his changeup, as he went 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out seven and walking two for the win over the Phillies. Strasburg did not allow a baserunner until the fifth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg started poorly this season, perhaps due to minor injuries that interrupted his spring training. But if today's outing means he's on track, watch out: With his stuff he could dominate any lineup.


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Stephen Strasburg allowed five earned runs on ten hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking one. His fastball was excellent but he couldn't get his curve or killer changeup to work. He took a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Two tough outings to start the season may be due to minor injuries that disrupted Strasburg's spring training. Hopefully, he will get back on track.


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Stephen Strasburg gave up six runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out five for a Game Score of only 32. Four runs came after shortstop Ian Desmond muffed a doubleplay that would have ended the inning. The other two came in the sixth inning as Strasburg grew fatigued.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg had difficulty throwing his breaking and off-speed stuff for strikes. When he recovers the "feel" for those pitches, he will be as dominant as Matt Harvey was in this game.


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In his final outing before the regular season begins Stephen Strasburg looked strong, showing good fastball velocity and a devastating change-up. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and one run, while walking two and striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Any worries over the minor injuries Strasburg suffered during the spring (in-grown toenail, sprained ankle) should be put to rest with this performance. His first start is scheduled for April 9 at home against Matt Harvey (NY Mets).


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Stephen Strasburg allowed four earned runs on four hits (two homers), walking two and striking out two as he threw four innings in his first outing after twisting his ankle. He did not show any ill effects from the injury but his control, especially on his curve, was definitely off.

Fantasy Impact: Even at his best, Strasburg has been prone to the occasional clunker. He has one more tune-up before the regular season, when he is expected to face the Mets' Matt Harvey on April 9.


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Stephen Strasburg will miss his Spring Training start on Sunday after he sprained his left ankle during conditioning drills, manager Matt Williams announced. (Source: Nationals via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the second minor injury for the big righty. Otherwise, he's been solid in two starts with a 3.18 ERA, seven strikeouts and two walks.


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Stephen Strasburg was "dazzling" (according to the Tigers' radio announcers) as he struck out five, walked none, allowing three hits and no runs in four innings of work. He has apparently recovered from the in-grown toenail that caused him to miss his previous start.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg recorded 242 strikeouts in 215 innings last season, and it looks like he could match that in 2015.


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Stephen Strasburg will miss his second spring training start after undergoing surgery to remove an in-grown toenail. Manager Matt Williams says the right-hander will throw on the minor-league side where he will not field. (Source: MASN )

Fantasy Impact: Probably minimal. In his first start, Strasburg threw 40 pitches, 26 for strikes. There is still plenty of time for him to build up his arm strength before the regular season begins.


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Rumors surrounded Stephen Strasburg's negativity to Max Scherzer signing with the Nationals. These rumors are unfounded and he is perfect content with the organization (Source: Washington Times)

Fantasy Impact: This could be the year Strasburg turns into that top-five SP, even as the #2 pitcher in the Nationals rotation. He tied for the lead in the National League in strikeouts last year; he had 242 strikeouts and so too did Johnny Cueto of the Reds. His inconsistency so far in his career is the issue with Strasburg; he has all of the talents to be a top-five SPthe biggest problem. At this point he is taken as one of the top pitchers in fantasy baseball; if you're looking for one of the top elite strikeout pitchers, picking Strasburg a round or two after Clayton Kershaw could be a shrewd transaction.