Nationals Shut Down Stephen Strasburg
It's official, the Washington Nationals have decided to shut down Stephen Strasburg. This will be the second year in a row the Nationals have decided shut down one of their aces this late in the season. Last year the team shut down Jordan Zimmermann after 161.1 innings. Strasburg is coming off Tommy John surgery after only being able to start 5 games in 2011.
In terms of Fantasy Baseball, Strasburg should be dropped in all one year leagues. Obviously. In keeper leagues and all dynasty formats you should feel pretty good about him heading into next year. After all, he is essentially getting an extended off season to rest up before heading into 2013. Most pitchers will endure 5-8 more starts (not including postseason starts) from here on out, so the extra rest should benefit him as he enters Spring Training. If you are curious I have Strasburg ranked 19th in my Top 250 Keeper Rankings.
September 8th, 2012