Last time out on the mound in Grapefruit League action, Stephen Strasburg gave up three hits (one a home run) and two runs (both earned), striking out five batters in a four-inning outing against the Detroit Tigers.
That start left the Washington Nationals’ 28-year-old right-hander with 11 hits and eight earned runs allowed in three starts and eight innings pitched this Spring, over which he’s collected eight Ks and posted a 9.00 ERA and a .344 BAA.
Strasburg, who has been working to avoid tipping his pitches as he’s worked out of the stretch exclusively thus far, told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Pete Kerzel, that he was happy with the results against the Tigers in the 56-pitch, 40-strike start.
“I was definitely glad I was efficient,” Strasburg said.
“All my pitches, mixed in more curveballs today. My changeup was moving really good. ... It was just dropping off the table on some. My last pitch of the game was my best changeup.”
Start No. 4 for Strasburg in Grapefruit League action takes place this afternoon in Jupiter, FL’s Roger Dean Stadium, where the Nationals take on the Miami Marlins.
Dusty Baker is taking a mix of veterans and roster hopefuls on the 30-minute-ish drive to the Marlins’ Spring home.
Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters are all in the starting lineup along with Wilmer Difo, Brian Goodwin, Rafael Bautista and more.
Will we get to see/hear Enny Romero back in a Nationals uniform now that the Dominican Republic has been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic?
Here’s the Nationals’ lineup for today’s game:
#Nats at #Marlins at 1:05: Difo SS, Zim DH, Goodwin RF, Rendon 3B, Heisey LF, Robinson 1B, Wieters C, Bautista CF, Burriss 2B, Strasburg RHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) March 19, 2017
NOTE: Today’s Nationals vs Marlins game is available at 1:05 PM EDT on 1580 AM with Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler calling the action live. It’s also available via MLB.com’s GameDay audio if you for some reason want to listen to the Fish feed.