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Nationals | Stephen Strasburg efficient

Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg only needed 80 pitches through seven innings against the Miami Marlins Monday, April 1. He allowed just three hits while walking none and striking out only three in the win. Strasburg has made it a goal to pitch more to contact this year in order to pitch deeper into games. "Stras was amazing. He basically threw a lot of fastballs and threw a few curveballs and a few changeups. Basically he was locating his fastball real good. He just pitched a great game," manager Davey Johnson said. Johnson said he probably would have let Strasburg pitch deeper into the game if it wasn't opening day. "I didn't think he was tired, even at the end of the game. But again, first time out, opening day, gave me seven solid innings. I'm not pushing the envelope. I never have, never will," Johnson said.

Fantasy Tip: Strasburg won't be on an innings or pitch count limit this year, so expect him to pitch much deeper into games like this as the season progresses. The lack of strikeouts may also be a bit alarming, but even if Stras pitches a bit more to contact, he'll have the strikeouts come.

2013-04-01 15:47:58 | Source: - Chase Hughes

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