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Fri, 03 May 2013 13:57:50 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg's delivery hasn't been right since spring training, and scouts and other teams have noticed that he's been falling off the mound to the first base side, which is a result of his upper and lower body being completely out of sync. "Something's going on," said one scout. "I'm not saying he's hurt. But he's going to get hurt -- put it that way -- if he keeps throwing like he's throwing."
Fantasy Tip: Reports about Strasburg's mechanics being out of sync have been more frequent after he developed forearm tightness in his last start. His mechanics and delivery are things that can be corrected, but if they aren't fixed soon, we could see more struggles from Strasburg or even a more serious ailment pop up. You should be a bit concerned if you own him.
Wed, 01 May 2013 14:11:05 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (forearm) didn't have any problems during his side session Wednesday, May 1, and he's been cleared to start Saturday, May 4.
Fantasy Tip: It's possible that poor mechanics led to Strasburg's forearm tightness and loss of command in his last start. He has been pretty good aside from his uncharacteristic loss of control, though, so there aren't many reasons to avoid starting him Saturday.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:05:27 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (forearm) is expected to make his next start Saturday, May 4, but he will be examined during his side session Wednesday, May 1, before the team makes a final decision.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:28:15 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (forearm) is expected to make his next start after experiencing right forearm tightness during his start Monday, April 29, but rival evaluators noticed a slackening of Strasburg's delivery in his previous start. One National League scout said Strasburg looked very different during April 19 against the New York Mets. "He was coming out of his delivery way too quick," the scout said. "His body was getting away from his arm. Several of us saw it in New York vs. Harvey." The mechanical glitch could have been an early sign that he was favoring his right arm. Strasburg walked four in his outing Monday and threw only 50 of his 93 pitches for strikes. He has walked 3.6 hitters per nine innings this season, which is more than one over his career average.
Fantasy Tip: These aren't very encouraging evaluations of Stras, and his owners should be mildly concerned at this point. The tightness in his forearm is the bigger worry, especially if it crops up again soon. The injury could be the result of poor mechanics, or poor mechanics might be the reason his mechanics have gone south. We just don't know yet. This may be a good time to dangle Strasburg on the trade market.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:53:51 -0700
Updating an earlier report, Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (forearm) will make his next start, according to general manager Mike Rizzo. He said Strasburg's forearm was structurally fine, and the irritation may have come from normal pre-game use of electrical stimulation.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 05:32:56 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (forearm) left his start Monday, April 29, with right forearm tightness. "I'm not missing my next start, I'll tell you that," Strasburg said.
Fantasy Tip: You also weren't going to be shut down for the playoffs last year, too, right? Take his assertion with a grain of salt. The Nats have shown a tendency to be extremely cautious with pitchers, especially of his caliber. We can see him missing a start as a precaution, but it's probably too early to predict a DL stint.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:09:02 -0700
A scout praised New York Mets SP Matt Harvey over Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg after watching the two pitchers square off against one another last week. "If you didn't know who was who, you'd have thought Harvey was Strasburg and Strasburg was Harvey. You know, I've always loved Strasburg, and I've given him the highest grade you could give a player. But if you were to ask me which guy was the better bet to be great for the next five years, I'd say Harvey. His stuff's just as good. And he has a better delivery," the scout said.
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:47:58 -0700
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.
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:35:21 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg wants to pitch deeper into games this season to prove that he is capable of being a workhorse. "I'm not trying to get out there and get used to throwing 90, 94 pitches," he said. "You look at some of the top pitchers in the game, they go at least 110 every time out. I'm going to be prepared for it. I'm not saying that they're going to let me do it. But I'm going to be physically ready for it." Strasburg threw more than 105 pitches in only five of his 28 starts last season before being shut down but will not be handled with as much extreme caution this year.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:31:52 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg was named the Opening Day starter.