Found September 11, 2012 on Fantasy Baseball Dugout:
SITTING IT OUT: Perhaps Strasburg wouldn't be sitting out the rest of the season if the Nationals had handled him like they did Kris Medlen. Fantasy baseball managers who have been riding Stephen Strasburg all season must now enter their playoffs without their ace starter who has been shelved for the rest of the season based on the controversial innings count.  Could this have been avoided if the Nationals had controlled his early season innings like the Braves did with Kris Medlen? It’s playoff time for many of you in fantasy baseball and you’ve been riding Stephen Strasburg all year.  That’s the Stephen Strasburg who you believed in at the beginning of the season after coming off of Tommy John surgery. And, your belief in Strasburg has paid off.   His stats include197 strikeouts in 159.1 innings.  A 15-6 record with a 3.16 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on a very good Washington Nationals team that has run to the top of the National League East and sports the best record in the league. But...

The Bakke Report: Should Stephen Strasburg Have Been Shut Down By The Washington Nationals?

In June of 2009, the Washington Nationals Baseball Club drafted a pitcher out of San Diego, CA by the name of Stephen Strasburg. For those of you unfamiliar with baseball, this was a very, very big deal for the Nats. You see, the Nationals have been an afterthought in Major League Baseball since they moved [...]

Stephen Strasburg Decision a Gamble That Has Potential to Be Disastrous for Nationals

By shutting down Stephen Strasburg after 159 1/3 innings, the Washington Nationals are clearly aiming to protect their investment. With the cautious approach comes repercussions, though, and the decision could ultimately be counterproductive. Not only are the Nats going to be without their ace as they head down the stretch and into the postseason, a scenario Washington fans aren...

Who needs Strasburg?

"He pitched a superb ballgame." (Davey Johnson, via MASN postgame, 9/12/2012) Nationals 2, Mets 0: On the night Stephen Strasburg was supposed to make his final start of 2012, John Lannan stepped in and shut down the Mets. Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond provided the firepower. Lannan's line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 11-3 groundouts-flyouts. Magic...

Yankeetorial: In another era, the Nats would be saving Stephen Strasburg's arm for us

The regular season has ended in Joba-like fashion for former future Yankee Stephen Strasburg, who pitches for the Washington Nats, the NL's version of the Tampa Rays. (By that, I mean their success stems from finishing last for a decade and always draftng first. Eventually, you score some players.) Ten years ago, Yankee fans would watch each Strasburg pitch with a torrent of...

FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Analyzes All Baseball

Episode 239 FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron, as per usual, makes his weekly appearance on FanGraphs Audio and analyzes all baseball. Discussed: • Operation Shutdown Stephen Strasburg, the unknown unknowns concerning it. • The Yankees — what caused their slide, and whether those causes are still present. • Andrew Werner — former independent leaguer, present and capable...

Lannan fills in for Strasburg to help Nationals shut out Mets

NEW YORK -- The Washington Nationals didn't need Stephen Strasburg to subdue the stumbling New York Mets. John Lannan filled in for what was initially scheduled to be Strasburg's final start with 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday night, and four relievers finished off a 2-0 win for Washington. Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals, who swept the three...

Scott Boras Agrees With Nationals' Decision to Shut Down Stephen Strasburg, Says It Was Team's Call

The Stephen Strasburg shutdown plan looks more and more real every day. Scott Boras has no problem with that, but he's also quick to point out that he's not behind it. The biggest agent in the game -- who represents the Nationals pitcher -- is totally fine with the club's decision to shut Strasburg down after his Sept. 12 start. "Before players are under contract...

Nationals 2, Mets 0

John Lannan pitched 5 2-3 shutout innings in his first start since replacing Stephen Strasburg in Washington's starting rotation, and the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to six with a 2-0 win over the punchless New York Mets on Wednesday night. Ryan Zimmerman homered in the fourth off rookie Matt Harvey (3-5) and Ian Desmond connected off Jon...

First Pitch: A Few Cases of Increased Velocity, and the More Important Skill

Today I wrapped up the West Virginia Power 2012 season recap. The three lowest levels in the farm system are now complete, which covers a lot of the young pitchers in the system. It also covers a lot of the guys who fall under the “projectable frame” category. You might see that term used a lot. When a pitcher has a projectable frame, it usually means that the pitcher is tall...

Wednesday Wonderings

I was going to do a statistic-laced post about the candidates for the Twins' rotation next year, but my computer kept shutting itself down due to depression so instead I'll just do that thing where I type whatever I think about.  I'll eventually get to the Twins' rotation because I've already put in too much time to just let it die, but man, looking at Cole Devries...
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