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#MLBPlayers411 | Stephen Strasburg

   08-25-2017
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Chances are, even the most casual of baseball fans have heard of Stephen Strasburg.

It's hard not to notice him. Standing at 6-feet, 5-inches, peering down at batters, and throwing pills that reach nearly 100 mph, Strasburg is about as intimidating a mound presence as there is in Major League Baseball. He's a three-time All-Star, led the National League in strikeouts in 2014.

On Wednesday, Strasburg added another stunning accolade to his resume when he dominated the Marlins, throwing a shutout and also slugged a home run.

He became just the 24th pitcher since 1980 to accomplish the unique combination and first since San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner on Aug. 16, 2015.

It was his second career complete-game shutout, and his second home run of the season – third of his career. It was only the 24th home run hit by a pitcher this year.

“Sometimes it is just your day,” manager Dusty Baker told the media after the game. “Boy that was some ballgame. It was his day today.”

According to Elias, Strasburg became just the second player to hit a home run and throw a shutout in franchise history, joining Floyd Youmans, who accomplished the unique feat as a member of the Expos on June 8, 1986, against the Phillies.

Since coming off of the disabled list in mid-August, Strasburg has dominated his competition. In three starts, he has a 0.86 earned run average with 23 strikeouts and just three walks in 21 innings pitched. 

This season, Strasburg is 11-4 with a 2.90 ERA, with 164 strikeouts compared to just 40 walks.

Over his past 60 starts, he is 34-10 with a 2.92 ERA. The Nationals are 47-13 in those games.

One of the most heralded prospects in recent baseball history, Strasburg played his college ball at San Diego State with the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn as his manager and was drafted No. 1 overall by the Nationals in 2009.

It didn't take long for Strasburg to reach the Nationals, making just 11 minor-league starts before getting the call. He made his debut on June 9, 2010, with a Sports Illustrated columnist calling it "the most hyped pitching debut the game has ever seen." Strasburg didn't disappoint, striking out 14 in seven innings.

Since he became a mainstay in the Nationals' rotation in 2012, Strasburg is eighth in the majors with 1,132 strikeouts in only 975 innings pitched.

In 179 career starts, Strasburg is 80-45 with a 3.14 ERA and 1,248 strikeouts. 

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