Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 15 Days

Strasburg was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

He topped 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career last year while seeing a big improvement in his walk rate as well. If Strasburg can learn to limit homers and big innings, he might yet become the truly elite starter everyone's been expecting.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 3 Months

Strasburg allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in his postseason debut on Friday, giving up eight hits and a walk while striking out two.

He wasn't able to dominate the Giants and took the loss, but it was hardly a bad outing for Strasburg. If the series ends up going the full five games, he'll get a chance at some revenge.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 3 Months

Strasburg will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants on Friday.

The 26-year-old will make his long awaited postseason debut in Game 1, with Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister to follow (in that order) for the Nationals. Strasburg tied for the NL lead with 242 strikeouts this season, posting a 3.14 ERA and 1.12 WHIP across 215 innings, though San Francisco got to him for six earned runs over 10 innings in his two starts against them.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 3 Months

Strasburg took over the NL strikeout lead on Saturday, whiffing seven Marlins over six shutout innings to pick up his 14th win of the season.

He allowed just two hits and walked one. Johnny Cueto, who's now seven K's behind Strasburg, will get his shot to claim the crown on Sunday, but Strasburg's final numbers (3.14 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 242 strikeouts) are still very good.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 3 Months

Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings, holding the Marlins to three hits in Sunday's win.

Strasburg needed just 84 pitches (55 strikes) in his highly efficient outing. As the Nationals prepare for the postseason, they have to be excited about Strasburg's form, as he's allowed just five earned runs over his previous five starts (33.2 innings). The right-hander now owns a 3.23 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and excellent 235:42 K:BB ratio in 209 innings this season.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 3 Months

Strasburg won Monday against the Braves as he allowed five hits and recorded seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings.

Strasburg is finishing the season on a strong note as he has allowed five runs and recorded 28 strikeouts over his last four starts. Although he is only 12-11 overall, he has pitched well overall as he has a 3.34 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 230 strikeouts this season.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 3 Months

Strasburg turned in a quality start Wednesday against the Braves but took the loss to fall to 11-11 on the year. He gave up three runs on seven hits and zero walks, while fanning eight over six innings.

The winner of three straight decisions coming into Wednesday, Strasburg was cruising up until the fifth inning, when he gave up a solo homer to B.J. Upton. Strasburg then gave up two more runs in the sixth, leading to his third defeat at the hands of the Braves this season. As things line up, Strasburg will face those same Braves again Monday in Atlanta, in what will be the first of two starts next week. He'd then face the Marlins in Miami on Sept. 20.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 3 Months

Strasburg was on his game Friday night, allowing just one run on six hits, he did not walk a hitter and struck out five, but was left with a no-decision in a 9-8 loss to Philadelphia in 11 innings.

He was sharp in his six innings of work, tossing 67 of 95 pitches for strikes, but the bullpen imploded and the game ended up going into extra innings. He'll carry a 3.43 ERA as he hopes for a better outcome in his next start at home against the division-rival Braves.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 4 Months

Strasburg pitched 7.2 innings, allowing only one earned run and six hits while striking out eight to pick up the win against the Mariners on Saturday.

Strasburg bounced back from last Sunday's horrific four inning start and struck out eight- increasing his lead in the National League to 210 strikeouts. He pitched shut out ball into the eighth until he gave up a solo shot to Dustin Ackley.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 4 Months

Strasburg lasted just four innings Sunday against the Giants, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks.

Strasburg was coming off two straight quality starts heading into Sunday, but couldn't keep it together for a third. He only struck out four on the day, but managed to throw 16 of 22 first-pitch strikes. Strasburg has had a hilly season this year, going on strings of good starts only to follow it up with a blowup game. His next opportunity to toe the rubber will come against the Mariners on Saturday.