4) He may be the team’s best pitcher.
Max Scherzer gets top billing as the staff ace, but down the stretch, Strasburg was the more dominant pitcher. After finally getting healthy after the All-Star break, Strasburg went 6-2 with a 1.90 ERA in 10 starts. Over 66.1 innings, Strasburg struck out 92.
Strasburg has never strung together such a string of dominance in his career. This type of run is what was expected of him when the Nationals plucked him out of San Diego State with the top pick. When Strasburg is on, he is every bit Scherzer’s equal. That’s hard to part with, no matter how hard it will be to re-sign him.