Stephen Strasburg is done for the season, one start before he was suppose to be. The Nationals announced the ending of his season a day after getting beat around in three innings of work in last nights 9-7 loss to Miami.
Apparently, Davey Johnson has decided to end his season now because of the mental aspect and hype of the shutdown took on Strasburg himself. He was suppose to make his final start this coming Wednesday in New York. Johnson believes the rough outing last night was due more to the mental effect the shutdown had on Strasburg rather than just an off-outing. Johnson cited the club felt the media intensity of the imminent shutdown was much more intense than they envisioned.
Question will indeed abound over, not just the shutdown of Strasburg, but the way the Nats handled it. If the Nats had a preconceived innings limit, why not limit his starts or innings he pitched to push Strasburg's role into October? Why not spread out his starts to spare innings for the Playoff push? What will be interesting to keep an eye on is the effect this all has on Strasburg and his feelings toward the Nationals franchise.
John Lannan will take over a starting role.
Strasburg finished his first season post Tommy John surgery with a 15-6 record and a 3-16 ERA and recording 197 strikeouts in 159.1 innings.