Paulsen On Strasburg: "He's A Dude Now"

Earlier in his career, Stephen Strasburg wasn't very tough on the hill; well, that is no longer the case

October 15, 2019 - 8:05 am
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The Washington Nationals dominated the St. Louis Cardinals yet again in the NLCS, this time winning Game 3, 8-1, behind a lights-out performance from Stephen Strasburg, who struck out 12 in seven innings.

“Yeah, he was fantastic,” MLB Radio and D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan host Grant Paulsen said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s been a theme for the Nationals in this series. Anibal Sanchez went in Game 1 and didn’t give up a hit until the eighth inning. Max Scherzer throws in Game 2 and didn’t give up a hit until the seventh inning, and then Strasburg tonight – seven innings, 12 strikeouts without a walk. Just dominant starting pitching, timely hitting – this series has been a blowout in the Nationals favor through three games. They got to win one more, but the Cardinals are in trouble.”

The Nationals have outscored the Cardinals 13-2 in this series. St. Louis has mustered just one earned run in three games.

Strasburg, 31, is 3-0 in the postseason with 33 strikeouts, one walk and a 1.64 ERA in 22.0 innings

“Strasburg has pitched like an ace,” Paulsen said. “This is why they paid him $175 million behind Max Scherzer in this rotation, who makes $210 million. Strasburg pitched a lights-out relief appearance behind Scherzer in the Wild Card play-in game and then was huge for them in the division series against the Dodgers twice. Tonight he was in complete control. He was getting swings-and-misses all night. He had more strikeouts with off-speed stuff than he’s had at any point in his career.”

Dave Martinez tried to remove Strasburg in the seventh inning, but Strasburg wasn’t having it. He told Martinez to leave him in – and then he struck out the next two batters he faced.

“He’s a grown man,” Paulsen said. “He’s all grown up. He was a kid when he got here and everyone knew he had issues dealing with some things; he wasn’t very tough on the hill. You can’t say that anymore. He's a dude now.”

Game 4 is Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. ET.