Washington Nationals: Who will be first in the Hall of Fame as a National?

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COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 29: The podium is seen at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 29, 2018 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 29: The podium is seen at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 29, 2018 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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2 – Stephen Strasburg (10%)

If by some complete oversight from voters and Max Scherzer doesn’t get in, the next best bet would likely be Stephen Strasburg. A first-round pick of the Washington Nationals way back in 2009, he’s been a regular in the rotation ever since.

When he’s been healthy, he’s been up there with some of the best pitchers in the game, owning a 94-52 record with a 3.14 ERA and 10.6 K/9 in his career. He’s also been flat out dominant when he’s had the chance to pitch in the postseason too, allowing just one run in 19 innings in his three starts.

Strasburg has also been a three-time All-Star and picked up Cy Young votes in 2014 and 2017 having had plenty of dominant spells in his career. However, it still feels like Nats fans are waiting for the true breakout of their right-hander.

For starters, he’s only ever exceeded 30 starts in a season once and has had 11 separate trips to the Disabled List. Thankfully, the right-hander is only 29 and has plenty of time to try and defy that narrative over the next few years as he looks to create a HoF case.

On Strasburg’s Baseball Reference page, it has Roy Halladay as a similar pitcher through each their respective age-29 seasons. Halladay seems likely to make it into the Hall of Fame at the first time of asking after taking another step later on in his career, so there’s still plenty of hope for Strasburg.

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