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Stephen Strasburg allows career high runs, suffers another loss

  • David Whitlock

Baseball pundits expected the world of the Washington Nationals this season.  They were just an inning away from moving to the NLCS just last year, and this without their ace, Stephen Strasburg, who had controversially been shut down late in the season to make sure his surgically repaired elbow did not suffer unnecessary strain.  So slam dunk, they’d either win the  2013 NL East or be a strong Wild Card team.  Especially if the Philadelphia Phillies regress (check) and if the brothers Upton don’t make that leap to stardom (double check).  So what’s going wrong?

Strasburg needs to shake this funk Credit AP/Alan Diaz

Strasburg needs to shake this funk
Credit AP/Alan Diaz

Well tonight was an example.  Strasburg got roughed up with a capital “R”.  He endured a 5-run first, and it didn’t get better with a 2-run secon featuring a DEEP home run by equally young slugger (on a team with much less expectation) Giancarlo Stanton.  Their World Series manager winning Davey Johnson is in his last season.  Their heir apparent Bo Porter went to the Houston Astros this offseason.  So now what?

Well they’re not that far out of the playoffs.  Only 6 games out of the Division and fewer out of the Wild Card, and there are teams ahead of them (Braves, Pirates, Cardinals) that have some serious questions, at least in terms of going the full 162 at this level.

So do they  trade? If so for what? I would say they need to shore up the rotation but not necessarily the lineup.  Keep Anthony Rendon in the lineup (dude is raking, near Puig level).  Seriously consider moving or benching Adam LaRoche.  Hope that Wilson Ramos, Jayson Werth, and Bryce Harper’s health mean a “new” potent lineup.

In the end, don’t be surprised like the Dodgers took charge since the Puig call up, that the Nationals can’t do the same.

But they’re going to need Strasburg to look more like he should.  Just didn’t happen today.

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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