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New red flags aren't about Strasburg's arm

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07:05 AM ET 05.01 | Thankfully, Stephen Strasburg's arm is "structurally perfect." Move along. There's nothing to see here. Except that there is. When Strasburg, who arrived in the majors with an unprecedented combination of stuff and command, throws one pitch exactly where he wants it, then misses his target by two feet on the next, that's a red flag. But what's the message? Is he a competitor toughing out a quality start on a bad night? When three of his four walks are to leadoff men and his mechanics are obviously a mess, what's the reason? High-anxiety overthrowing? Or a tip-off that he's compensating for an arm problem that's about to surface? ... Or is he just a 24-year-old pitcher who has been losing April battles with his workout-freak physique that spews nervous energy?

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May 1, 2013  08:30 AM ET

I think it's high anxiety overthrowing... He's only been struggling in the first inning this season. Afterwards he settles in fine. His stats aren't much different from last year this time. The BIGGEST problem he has is only about 6 runs have been scored in all of his starts this season. Get some offense going and take the pressure off the Kid!!

May 1, 2013  09:40 AM ET

I should have known better than to click on this...

May 1, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I should have known better than to click on this...

My thought exactly. Next!

May 1, 2013  12:42 PM ET

Stressburg, Chill out.

May 1, 2013  12:56 PM ET

Strasburg falls into same pressure other rookie phenoms fall into. They try to improve. Pitchers tend to over throw and command suffers. Hitters tend to over swing try to reach the seats every time and end up striking out or popping up to infield. In most cases these players settle down and improve to have decent careers

May 1, 2013  02:40 PM ET

This team is so tightly wound right now. Everybody there needs to take a deep breath and relax.

May 1, 2013  05:30 PM ET

I've read this 4 times and have no idea what they're trying to say. Neither do they.

May 1, 2013  05:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I've read this 4 times and have no idea what they're trying to say. Neither do they.

This article makes him sound like he's a complete wreck.

 
May 1, 2013  06:37 PM ET

Do Nationals really think that he was held out at the end of last year strictly as a precaution? I know that you're all MLB newbies, but how stupid can you be. This guy obviously has health issues that will plague him throughout this season and beyond. Mark Prior anyone?

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