Three Strikes: Stephen Strasburg dominates; Cubs offense goes cold vs. Dodgers

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arrived in the big leagues seven years ago as one of the most touted pitching prospects in history and was expected to become one of the next great strikeout artists in the mold of Randy Johnson or Tom Seaver. In his big league debut, he struck out 14 hitters, a total he had only equaled once in his career entering Saturday’s game against the Padres. Several injuries and many inconsistent years later, Strasburg hasn’t become one of the game’s great pitchers by age 28, but his best performances remain some of the best that baseball has to offer.

One night after flummoxed the Padres with 13 strikeouts over 8 ? innings, Strasburg recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts over seven innings in the Nationals’ 3–0 win over San Diego. Strasburg has now recorded 26 strikeouts over his past two outings and appears to be regaining the form that makes him one of baseball’s most fearsome pitchers. Perhaps his stats are skewed by facing two of the National League’s most tepid offenses in San Diego and Atlanta, but his dominant form is a welcome sight for the first-place Nationals.

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After finishing their most recent homestand with seven wins, the Cubs looked like they regained their championship form after a mediocre start to the 2017 season. Eighteen scoreless innings into their latest roadtrip, the problems that have plagued Chicago have returned to the spotlight.

On Friday, the Cubs couldn’t figure out Alex Wood Jersey and a Dodger bullpen of and Chris Hatcher Jersey during a 4–0 loss. On Saturday, Brandon McCarthy Jersey and Ross Stripling Jersey silenced Chicago again in a 5–0 defeat in Los Angeles. It was the first time the Cubs had been shutout in back-to-back games since 2014, and they’ll have to find a way to score against Clayton Kershaw Jersey and a rested Kenley Jansen Jersey in Sunday’s finale.

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Only Ian Happ, Addison Russell Jersey and could muster hits on Saturday, a toothless performance from a lineup that successfully tuned up the Dodgers during last year’s NLCS and in April at Wrigley Field. The most notable hitless member of the lineup was, again, Kyle Schwarber Jersey, who hit a couple of long foul balls, but finished 0–3 with a walk to drop his average to .179. With the emergence of Happ, who can play both in the infield and outfield, and the resurgence of , Schwarber may find himself in a platoon role if he can’t solve the hitting woes that have plagued him all season.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, showcased their depth by riding McCarthy—who finally looks healthy after two injury-plagued seasons—and the unlikely duo of Chris Taylor Jersey and . Taylor, who started the season in AAA, may find himself in the All-Star Game if he keeps up his current pace. The reserve infielder/outfielder is now hitting .327 with six home runs after launching a two-run shot off of John Lackey Jersey on Saturday. Utley, who spent most of April hitting below .100, notched two hits and two RBIs after homering off of Jake Arrieta Jersey during Friday night’s win.

baseball best-selling jerseys in nfl It’s only May, but of last year’s National League finalists, the Dodgers look a little better equipped for the long season.

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