Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/9/12
The Washington Nationals are battling the defending World Series St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, and once again the Stephen Strasburg shutdown controversy has reared its ugly head. Strasburg was left off the Nationals' roster for the NLDS, with the team sticking to its guns after deciding to shut down their ace at about 160 innings a year removed from Tommy John surgery. With the series shifting back to DC, however, it's hard not to imagine what good position Washington would have been in if they still had their ace left to pitch. Legendary pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who made his reputation coaching the likes of Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine with the 1990s-era Atlanta Braves, is among those who believe that the Nats made the wrong decision in shutting down the 24-year-old. "Every team has two great starters that are gonna knock heads," Mazzone said in an interview on KFNS 590 The Fan, according to MLB.com. "But losing Strasburg changes everything in the No. 3 and No....
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