Per nationals.com — in five AFL regular-season starts, Stephen Strasburg allowed 15 hits and nine earned runs in 19 innings — for an ERA of 4.26 — with seven walks and 23 strikeouts. Aside from one bad start — giving up seven earned runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings to the Peoria Javelinas on Oct. 22 — he went 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA.
Another Superman for the Nationals!
By the way, I thought this excerpt from the above linked article was interesting:
Strasburg had just completed essentially his first month as a professional pitcher, and was caught off guard by one question:
How has pitching with a hefty bank account been different?
The tall right-hander gathered himself for an answer.
“That never enters my mind,” said Strasburg, the recipient of a $17 million five-year package from the Nationals. “At San Diego State, I was only concerned with trying to put the team on the map.
“Now, I’m just trying to work as hard as I can to prepare to pitch in as high a level as the Nationals will want me. There will always be pressure no matter where you pitch. You always have to prove yourself and answer expectations.
Good answer, kid! I’m not sure if I believe you…$17 million is a lot of money to ignore…but it was still a good answer!