Washington Nationals: Grading the starting rotation so far
By Blake Finney
Room to improve for Stephen Strasburg
Many people thought that after a stellar season in 2017, Stephen Strasburg was ready to win the Cy Young award. After all, he did come third in the voting for the award last time around.
So far this season he’s probably been slightly above major league average, which for a lot of pitchers would be fine. He has a 5-3 record, accompanied by a 3.28 ERA and 10.1 K/9, which all look OK on the surface.
But by Strasburg’s lofty standards, he knows he can do better than his current line shows. Thankfully, in May he’s managed to turn things around and is getting back to being the second ace we all love.
In April, Strasburg was allowing far too many HRs with seven bombs in just six starts. This sent his ERA all the way up to 3.63 for the month, which is far from what we’re used to.
But to start off in May, he’s allowed just the one home run in three starts. This leads to a much prettier 2.61 ERA and should set the tone for him in the coming weeks and months.
With a little extra effort in his homework, Strasburg should end up with top marks when all is said and done. But for now, he still needs a few extra classes. B