The Strasburg Watch: Has It Hit A Snag?
Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Washington Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg)
Sunday's stats: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 4 K
Here's a lesson about why focusing on merely numbers can be dangerous. On the surface, Strasburg struggled for the first time this season on Sunday. He allowed three times as many earned runs as he had in his first four starts while walking a career-high three. However, according to those in attendance, Strasburg was a good as ever and the victim of an umpire with a shrinking strike zone. One observer described a number of the hits off Strasburg as "dinky." By all accounts, he will pitch Friday night for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.