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Stephen Strasburg (SP)

Washington Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg dominated again on Sunday, striking out ten and walking one while allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings of work (108 pitches, Game Score 68).

Fantasy Impact: This is Strasburg's third consecutive start with 10+ strikeouts, and he described himself as "healthy." In eight starts since returning from the DL on August 8, Strasburg (10-7, ERA 3.81) has gone 5-2 with a 2.24 ERA and an amazing SO/BB ratio of 72/6. Hitters are batting .176 against him. He and Bryce Harper were named NL Co-Players of the Week.


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For the second start in a row, a healthy Stephen Strasburg utterly dominated an opposing lineup, matching his career high of 14 strikeouts, with one walk and one hit in eight shutout innings (105 pitches, Game Score 93).

Fantasy Impact: The price for Strasburg (9-7, ERA 3.98) will be high, given his recent performances, but it's looking like it's worth it.


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Stephen Strasburg dominated most Mets hitters, striking out 13 (most with a devastating curve), but allowing two solo homers. He was lifted in the top of the eighth with the score tied and a runner on first. That runner scored, causing Strasburg to take the loss.

Fantasy Impact: When healthy, Strasburg (8-7. ERA 4.30) is a true Ace, but in this case he was handicapped by the Nationals' faltering bullpen.


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The Nationals have scratched SP Stephen Strasburg from his regularly scheduled start Friday as he continues to recover from a back injury. Strasburg was forced to exit his most recent start early due to the issue. (Source: Mark Zuckerman)

Fantasy Impact: Tanner Roark will take Strasburg's place Friday. The team has said there's still a chance Strasburg pitches during the weekend series if he continues to improve.


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Stephen Strasburg threw only four innings against the Marlins on Sunday, leaving with a "little knot" in his back. Strasburg's velocity was down and his control off as he allowed seven hits, four runs (two homers) as he struck out three and walked none. His team rallied so Strasburg took a no-decision. (Source: Chase Hughes of Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (8-6, ERA 4.35) had been pitching like an Ace before this latest setback. He stated after the game that this is an on-going issue that he will play through and deal with in the off-season. If medication helps (as it has previously) he will make his next start, but I wouldn't count on it.


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Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits (a single and a homer) for his only blemishes in an outstanding game. After the homer, Strasburg retired the next 15 batters in order, striking out seven (Game Score 66). He was taken out after six innings with his team ahead 8-2.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (8-6, 4.14) is in top form. He will get you plenty of strikeouts, and with the Nationals' offense coming alive, a good chance for the win.


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Stephen Strasburg held the Rockies' potent offense to two hits and one unearned run over seven innings, while striking out five and walking none (96 pitches, Game Score 76) He left for a pinch hitter with the game tied at 1-1, but the Nationals took advantage of the Rockies' bullpen to give Strasburg the win.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (7-6, ERA 4.22) is a tale of two seasons. In his last six starts he is 4-1 with a 1.26 ERA. With the big righty throwing this well at an away game--in Coors Field, no less--you can feel confident starting him.


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After a rough first inning, Stephen Strasburg threw shutout ball for the next five, with a final line of 6 IP 7H 2ER 2BB 8K (101 pitches, Game Score 56). Strasburg had all his pitches working, showing good movement and velocity on the fastball.

Fantasy Impact: With two good outings since coming off the DL, it looks safe to use Strasburg (6-6, ERA 4.62) in daily fantasy if the price point is right.


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After a month on the DL, Stephen Strasburg returned with a dominant and efficient performance against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Nationals Park. His final line: 7 IP 3H 1R/ER 12SO 0BB and the win on 91 pitches for a Game Score of 79. He could have gone longer but with a 6-1 lead the bullpen finished up the game.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg (6-5, ERA 4.76) was also good in two starts just before going on the DL. In his four most recent outings he has gone 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA, 30 strikeouts and four walks. It might be time to play him in fantasy.


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Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed that Stephen Strasburg will come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park. (Source: Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Although Strasburg has a high ERA (5.16 in 13 starts) and has been on the DL twice with difficult-to-diagnose injuries, his most recent outings suggest he will pile up the strikeouts if he is finally healthy.


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Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg completed his latest rehab start Monday night, and he was impressive in the process. The right-hander struck out 11 batters over 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks. (Source: Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg has been a major disappointment this season, but he could return in time for owners to trot him out for fantasy playoffs. He's hard to trust without a few solid outings in the bigs, but owners who invested heavily in him this season may have little choice considering his upside potential.


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Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg is set to begin his minor league rehab assignment this week. Strasburg has been out since early July with an oblique injury. (Source: James Wagner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg has been one of the biggest disappointments of the fantasy season. After an awful start and initial trip to the DL, Strasburg showed signs of turning things around before returning to the shelf. Owners that have held on hope that he's able to return in time to provide a boost for the fantasy playoffs, but it's hard to count on the inconsistent right-hander.


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The Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique, and recalled RHP Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse. (Source: Nationals via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A six-to-eight week recovery time is estimated for an oblique strain, which would put Strasburg (5-5, ERA 5.15) out until late August.


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The Washington Nationals have placed SP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This marks the second time Strasburg has hit the DL this season. He had been solid since returning from his first stint on the DL, allowing only two earned runs and striking out 18 over 15.2 innings. Oblique injuries are known to linger, so it's very likely Strasburg misses more than the required minimum. Considering the investment he required this year, owners will likely have to stash him on the bench or DL and hope he is able to return and contribute positively in 2015.


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Stephen Strasburg came out of today's game against the San Francisco Giants with two outs in the fourth inning. Strasburg complained of tightness in his left side. (Source: Chris Johnson of MASN)

Fantasy Impact: This was only Strasburg's third start coming off the DL with a neck injury--and he had looked good. He is unlikely to make another start before the All-Star break.


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Stephen Strasburg lefts Saturday's game against the Giants in the fourth inning with an injury.

Fantasy Impact: The righty was 2-0 in his last two starts since returning from his last injury. There's no word yet on what took place, but it would be another blow to his season if he were to miss more time.


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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.