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Strasburg Paces Majors in Wins

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Strasburg leads the majors in wins this season with 15

Washington Nationals Right-Hander Stephen Strasburg has put together quite a dominant season in 2016, he has gone 15-1 with a 2.63 ERA this season to pace the Nationals to a National League East lead. Just a few years removed from Tommy John surgery (2011) and his highly controversial shutdown during 2012 has produced at an elite level this year after signing a 7 year $175 million extension this past offseason.

Strasburg picked up his 15th win last night in pitching 6 innings of 1 run ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 14-1 Nationals win, while matching the amount of hits he allowed with 3 of his own and driving in a RBI. He is the first pitcher this season to get 3 hits and a win in the same game this season according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The 28-year-old has thrust himself into the middle of the Cy Young conversation as favourite Clayton Kershaw remains on the DL with a back injury. His 15-1 record, with a 2.63 ERA, 10.84K/9, and 161 K’s on the season make him a prime candidate to take the Cy Young award.

Part of Strasburg’s success is his new-found slider which coming into this year he had only thrown for 0.5% last season and 1.04% in 2014 of all his pitches. This year he is throwing it at 17.1% effectively keeping hitters off of his fastball and giving him another out pitch against right-handed batters.

The Nationals protected his arm back in 2012 and it looks like now they have been able to reap the rewards of it, having a prime 1-2 punch of Strasburg and Scherzer to hopefully lead them to a NL East Crown.