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08:13 AM ET 08.29 | Stephen Strasburg's run of 27 scoreless innings against Miami came to an end quickly on Tuesday. Strasburg was uneven, unfocused and battered around. White flags of surrender felt necessary by the third inning. Strasburg surrendered nine hits, tied for most in his career; seven runs, five of them earned; and only three strikeouts over five agonizing innings. His command was off. His body language was poor. He allowed two stolen bases out of lack of attention to base runners. ... Strasburg had produced four brilliant starts this month despite the early end to his season looming a few weeks away because of his surgically repaired elbow. On Tuesday, he looked tired, but Johnson said it would not alter the Nationals??? plan with Strasburg.

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August 29, 2012  08:14 AM ET

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August 29, 2012  08:44 AM ET

He looked like he was throwing batting practice last night.

August 29, 2012  08:49 AM ET

One bad outing and they attribute it to wear and tear? What about his 4 previous outings where he shut down every team he faced.

August 29, 2012  09:04 AM ET

I don't know about tear but there is definitely wear. And that's okay. Stras is pitching longer into this season than he's ever pitched before. Surely, as the season gets closer to the end, he's going to show signs of fatigue. That's why he was always going to be innings limited ... even before the TJ surgery. I dare say there are very few pitchers not showing some signs of wear.

August 29, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Strasberg looks like he's wearing down? That's a first. Or not.

August 29, 2012  09:40 AM ET

If Strasberg is wearing down my question to all of the Nats fans out there can you make the playoffs and go far without him pitching every fifth day.

August 29, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Shut him down ;)

August 29, 2012  10:07 AM ET

One bad game and he is wearing down? Please! lastnight both Sale and Verlander gave up a lot of runs so that means they are wearing down also.

August 29, 2012  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If Strasberg is wearing down my question to all of the Nats fans out there can you make the playoffs and go far without him pitching every fifth day.

Uuuuh really, Nats making the play offs is not even a question. They are in a weak division and still have 3 great pitchers in Detweiler, Zimmerman and Gio. Don't forget Edwin Jackson. While he isn't in the same level as the three mentioned, he still has a very respectable ERA.

August 29, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Would it be so bad to have him skip a start here and there?

August 29, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

One bad outing and they attribute it to wear and tear? What about his 4 previous outings where he shut down every team he faced.

That's what I thought too......watch what happens in his next start.

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August 29, 2012  12:12 PM ET

Yea, he's done for the season now lol - clowns!

August 29, 2012  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Would it be so bad to have him skip a start here and there?

Now Otis, you are being reasonable again. I think you have been chided for that before.

August 29, 2012  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

One bad outing and they attribute it to wear and tear? What about his 4 previous outings where he shut down every team he faced.

Look a little closer at those starts. 6 inning performances are not "shut down" starts. Strasburg has averaged 5.6 innings per start this year, his record is misleading. Withoutout even checking this means the Nationals have scored for him, scored early and the bullpen has kept the lead. Dice K had a similar year in 08' actually a much better year as he did it in a hitter's park in a much better offensive division. Strasburg may develop into what some people already he think he is but for now he is not an ace nor even close to one. He is barely a 5 inning pitcher who taxes the team's bullpen.

August 29, 2012  02:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Now Otis, you are being reasonable again. I think you have been chided for that before.

<kicks self in nuts... crawls away...>

August 29, 2012  04:25 PM ET

I just thought he was having a coujple off days...

August 29, 2012  04:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Would it be so bad to have him skip a start here and there?

Bingo. He is the only pitcher in either league to have a bad start and get clobbered in this or any other year? But I agree with you, put 6 or 7 days, not 4, between starts. If he picks up again maybe he could even start once or twice in the post-season.

August 29, 2012  04:32 PM ET

showing signs of wear and tear for strasburg??? i think is all the nationals players WHO are in the tiring list,,,, not just strasburg but every single player in DC!!!

 
August 29, 2012  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Strasberg looks like he's wearing down? That's a first. Or not.

like i said every player in washington's team is struggling you want more prove?? wait until the post-season if the nationals make it to the playoffs, most likely they would collapse in the first round in the playoffs,,,

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