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Strasburg ‘still learning’

Mar 31, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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Entering his fourth year in the major leagues, it’s hard to believe Stephen Strasburg has yet to pitch a full season. He’s already pitched an Opening Day, in an All-Star game, and won a Silver Slugger award. He’s one of the league’s brightest young stars and has become a popular pick for this year’s N.L. Cy Young award. But still, no full season.
Players are generally shy about personal goals, but for this particular milestone Strasburg is quite straightforward.
“I’m 24 years old and this is my first opportunity to pitch a full season in the big leagues, I’m still learning how to do it,” he said.
Still learning? Though he hasn’t made it a full year yet, he holds a career 21-10 record with a 2.94 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 313 strikeouts in 251 1/3 innings. When he has been out there, he’s dominated.
Manager Davey Johnson echoed Strasburg’s comment, without being asked about it. He too thinks the 24-year-old can get even better.
“He’s still learning, he’s still a babe in the woods,” Johnson said. “I think the biggest thing this year, he feels finally he’s got the shackles off of him. There’s not going to be any restraints on him as there have been over the last few years.”

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  1. SonnyG10 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    It will be a treat to see him do well in the later innings. But please don't overdo it, Stras. We need you fresh for the post-season.

  2. Another_Sam - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Off topic: does anyone know – why the induced drama. Regarding Romero?

  3. A DC Wonk - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    (Smiling, while trying to imagine that Stras still has significant upside, and that we see it this year. Yowza!)

  4. A DC Wonk - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    (from last thread)1/2 Street: I feel for you but I wish this nonsense about people wishing LannEn good will would stop.Doesn't necessarily have to be a contradiction. I'd be perfectly happy if he had his best ERA ever, lowest WHIP ever, but, due to anemic run support, ended up as a slow-ball version of one of Nolan Ryan's epic seasons — the year when at age 40 he had an ERA of 2.76 (leading both leagues), 270K's (leading the league), and 5th in Cy Young.And an 8-16 record.

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