Daily SP Rankings: Weekend, Sep 13-15

We’re heading into the third-to-last weekend of the year with plenty of question marks as far out as Monday (four TBD starters). I’ll try to update this over the weekend as new information comes in. For now, here are the weekend’s rankings! On Saturday, Kyle Kendrick gets some props in the rankings as he takes on the Marlins. Kendrick is about as average as they come, probably...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves avoid sweep with 6-2 win against Nats and Strasburg

While Atlanta’s pleasantly surprising journeyman Aaron Harang got back to pitching as he had for most of the season, the Braves did what they’ve done to Stephen Strasburg since the Washington ace’s ballyhooed arrival in the majors. They beat him. The Braves scored first on a home run from B.J. Upton in the fifth inning and blew the game open with five runs in the sixth and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Can't win 'em all

The smart money was on Stephen Strasburg completing the sweep against the Braves... "I thought he was pretty good. I thought he pitched pretty well." (Stephen Strasburg, via, 9/10/2014) Braves 6, Nationals 2: Oh well. The good news is, Drew Storen got a day off, and Rafael Soriano got in some work and didn't do any damage. (Screen cap via...
Via Nationals Enquirer
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Harang bests Strasburg, Braves avoid sweep by front-running Nats

  Aaron Harang outdueled Stephen Strasburg, Justin Upton drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves avoided a series sweep in Washington with a 6-2 win over the Nationals on Wednesday. The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak as Harang (11-10) held the NL East leaders to one unearned run over seven innings. Upton's RBI single in the sixth broke a 1-all tie, and he added...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta 6, Washington 2; 10 September 2014 (Washington 82-62, Atlanta 75-71)

Photo Credit: On a warm September afternoon, the Nationals went for the sweep of the strongly-disliked Braves. With Stephen Strasburg taking the ball for the home team, things looked promising. The stubborn Braves weren’t discouraged, though. B.J. Upton homered to break a scoreless tie, and Aaron Harang’s precise command held Washington’s offense at bay. The...
Via DC Sports-Kings
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Lose Game, Win Series

Atlanta avoided a sweep in Washington with a 6-2 win on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. Despite the loss, the Nats (82-62) still lead the National League East by eight full games. The Nationals, who celebrated #Heroes Day at the park, still have a magic number of ten to win the division for the second time in three seasons. Aaron Harang proved to be too much for the Nats bats...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Playoff-contending Braves best Strasburg, Nats 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Aaron Harang outdueled Stephen Strasburg, Justin Upton drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves avoided a series sweep in Washington with a 6-2 win over the Nationals on Wednesday. The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak as Harang (11-10) held the NL East leaders to one unearned run over seven innings. Upton's RBI single in the sixth broke a 1-all tie...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals vs. Braves: Live Scoring, Updates, Analysis

The Washington Nationals will look to extend their nine-game lead and shrink their magic number from 10 to eight, as they send pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the mound. Atlanta will counter with Aaron Harang. The Nationals won the first two games of this three-game series to grab a stranglehold on the N.L. East division lead. Keep it lock for live scoring, updates, and analysis for...
Via KCM Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister is Pitching to Contact

Doug Fister is fresh off seven scoreless innings Monday night against the Braves. Quality starts are pretty much old hat to the Nationals by now, who’re successfully running away with the NL East, but it might be a little bit surprising that Stephen Strasburg hasn’t functioned as the rotation ace. Really, that statement just speaks […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats, Braves Face Off In Fight For NL East

The rivals meet again. For the last time at Nationals Park and the second-to-last time this season, the Washington Nationals (80-61) and the Atlanta Braves (74-69) will fight for the NL East. The Nationals have a comfortable seven-game lead on the division, but a strong showing from the Braves could make the Nats sweat down the stretch. The Braves currently lead the season series...
Via The Nats Blog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Soriano Blows Lead, Nats Lose To Phillies In Extras

It looked like the Washington Nationals (79-60) had the win in the bag after a nearly flawless outing from Stephen Strasburg, an explosive offensive performance and a five run lead. Until all of that melted away into a blown save by Rafael Soriano, a nearly silenced offense and a 9-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies (65-75). In the ninth inning, Soriano entered with the score at...
Via The Nats Blog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 140: Phillies at Nationals

Philadelphia Phillies (64-75) vs. Washington Nationals (79-59) Starting Pitchers: PHI: Jerome Williams (3-0, 2.03 ERA) vs. WAS: Stephen Strasburg (11-10, 3.49 ERA) Time: 7:05 ET, Nationals Park TV: CSN Weather: 86, partly cloudy Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today:   Tonight the Phillies will battle with Stephen Strasburg who recently has living up to his hype (unlike...
Via Phillies Nation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies-Nationals Preview

Stephen Strasburg is coming off what manager Matt Williams described as his best start all season. He might be even better Friday night given his recent domination of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Washington Nationals look for a 12th win in 13 home games as they open a three-game series with their NL East rivals. Strasburg (11-10, 3.49 ERA) allowed one run and struck out eight over...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Friday, Sep 5

Stephen Strasburg, Jeff Samardzija, and Chris Sale rise above everyone else on Friday, and in total 12 of the day’s 30 starters rate average or better. That’s not surprising at this time of the year as teams out of contention throw less-than-stellar pitchers (see: the entire Red Sox rotation), but that also opens up extra opportunities for spot starting as many of the inferior...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Dustin Ackley Fixed?

They encountered one another on a major-league field for the first time this past weekend — the first two picks of the 2009 draft, the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley. The two names are forever linked in Mariner lore, as it was their ill-timed winning streak at the end of the 2008 […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg pitches gem as Nats beat Mariners 3-1

One night after the Nationals made Felix Hernandez look human, their own marquee starter lived up to the billing. Stephen Strasburg had arguably his best road outing of 2014 with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball, the only score coming on his final pitch of the night. His final line included eight strikeouts, six hits and no walks. Helping Strasburg out was an early lead in the top...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Sunday: August 31, 2014

Seventeen games were played yesterday and I correctly picked nine of them. I finally picked Stephen Strasburg and he won! But I picked Mike Fiers for the game of the day and he lost. That's the way the day went. For every Jerome Williams I picked correctly, I did not pick Vance Worley correctly. I got both ends of the Tigers - White Sox double-header perfectly but only...
Via The Flagrant Fan
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg pitches Nats to 3-1 win over Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Stephen Strasburg pitched into the eighth inning and Jayson Werth hit his second home run in two nights to lead the Washington Nationals past the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday. Strasburg (11-10) went 7 2-3 innings and struck out eight, increasing his NL-leading total to 210. The right-hander also broke the Nationals' previous single-season record of 207 set by...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg sets Nationals single-season strikeout record

Stephen Strasburg has struggled this season to stay consistent on the mound. He entered Saturday with a 10-10 record and a 3.59 ERA, his worst of his five-year career. Already he has allowed a career-worst 70 runs and 21 home runs. Each outing is like night and day for him. One moment he dominates and in others he can’t get much going. But, one thing that has been a constant for...
Via KCM Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Did The Washington Nationals Pick The Wrong Guy? – Stephen Strasburg VS. Dustin Ackley

Stephen Strasburg is coming to Seattle this weekend with the Washington Nationals to face the Seattle Mariners in a rare interleague game. One of the intriguing storylines of this series is that the top two selections from the 2009 draft will be competing against each other. The Nationals selected Strasburg with the first pick of the draft and Dustin Ackley was selected second by...
Via Oregon Sports News
16 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs set cautious timetable for Corbin's return

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks admire the way All Star Stephen Strasburg has recovered from his 2010 Tommy John surgery. The path he followed is something else again. It is a road they do not plan to duplicate with Patrick Corbin, their All-Star.  Thirteen months after Strasburg underwent Tommy John surgery, he returned to the major leagues in September 2011. It went well, as far as...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Strasburg’s Struggles

Strasburg has the stuff, but he doesn’t have “pitchability” Pitchability sometimes can be either and extremely damning or complimentary word to bestow on a pitcher, especially when he’s a prospect fighting his way through the minor leagues. If used as the latter, he’s seen as a gamer, a bulldog, or some other herculean adjective. When he fails it was because of bad luck...
Via Baseball Professor
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Little Girl Almost Gets Hit By A Stephen Strasburg Pitch (Video)

Stephen Strasburg shows great command by holding off on this pitch.  The Washington Nationals were holding an event for children on the field before the game began. As Stephen Strasburg was warming up, the little girl ran straight across and luckily, he held off on making the pitch. Where were her parents? [NIS] The post Little Girl Almost Gets Hit By A Stephen Strasburg Pitch...
Via Geeks and Cleats
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Little Girl Almost Runs Directly In Front Of Stephen Strasburg Pitch (Video)

There was a very close call at Nationals Park on Sunday when a little girl almost got hit by a Stephen Strasburg warm-up pitch. The youngster was on the field for some Washington Nationals’ pregame festivities, but she opted for a dangerous exit off the diamond as she bolted right between Strasburg and home plate during his warm-up tosses. ...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg Smoothly Avoids Accidentally Hitting A Little Girl With A Warm Up Pitch

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Via Next Impulse Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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