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July 13, 2013 / Nat Anacostia

Strasburg’s bad starts

The headlines say that this was the worst start of Stephen Strasburg‘s career. So, of course I have to look up his other bad starts to see how this one compares. Of 63 career starts, 8 had a game score of 39 or lower. These are his bad starts:

  1. August 10, 2010, 8–2 loss to Florida Marlins at home. In his first season, Strasburg went to the disabled list in late July with shoulder inflammation. He returned to make his tenth start, and for the first time he was shelled, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, including one home run, and 2 walks in 4-1/3 innings. Game score 29
  2. May 15, 2012, 6–1 loss to San Diego Padres at home. After Tommy John surgery, he made it through 5 starts in 2011 and the first 7 starts of 2012 before his next bad game in start # 8. Sloppy fielding and a short rain delay left him in a hole, and he gave up 4 runs on 7 hits (including a homer) and 2 walks in 4 innings. Game score 35
  3. July 20, 2012, 11–10 loss to Atlanta Braves at home. I’ll never forget this game. The Nats jumped to a 9–0 lead and Strasburg was cruising through the first five. Then he hit a wall in the sixth and gave up 4 runs as the rain started falling. The bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding, and by the time the carnage was over in 11 innings, the Nats lost 11–10. Strasburg gave up 4 runs on 8 hits (including a homer) and 3 walks in 5-1/3 innings. Game score 38
  4. July 31, 2012, 8–0 loss to Philadelphia Phillies at home. This one may have had the title of Strasburg’s worst start until last night. He lasted 4 innings and gave up 6 runs on 8 hits (including 2 homers) and 1 walk.  Game score 24
  5. August 28, 2012, 9–0 loss to Miami Marlins in Miami. This time Strasburg lasted 5 innings, but gave up 7 runs on 9 hits (including a homer) and a walk. Nolasco shut out the Nats. Game score 27
  6. September 7, 2012, 9–7 loss to Marlins at home. This was the last game pitched by Strasburg before his shutdown. Strasburg gave up 5 runs on 6 hits (including 2 homers) and 3 walks in 3 innings. The Nats came back to tie it 6–6, but Clippard gave up 3 runs in the top of the 10th for the loss. Game score 26
  7. April 7, 2013, 6–3 loss to Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. In his 2nd start of 2013, Strasburg gave up 6 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks in 5-1/3 innings. Game score 27
  8. July 12, 2013, 8–3 loss to Marlins in Miami. You know this one. 7 runs, 5 hits, 4 walks, a home run by Stanton, and just 2 innings. Yes, this was the worst start of Strasburg’s carer. Game score 16
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