Stephen Strasburg was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for April this week.
Good choice. In the season's first month, no pitcher in the National League was better than him.
In five starts, Strasburg has a 2-0 record, a 1.13 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. He ranked second in the NL in ERA and seventh in WHIP entering Thursday, and his 34 strikeouts were good for fifth.
The Nats have been careful with Strasburg. He's only pitched more than six innings twice, and that's mainly because the Nats don't like to let him throw more than 100 pitches in any given start. The fact that he has still managed to pitch 32 innings with a limited pitch count is a testament to how dominant he has been.
It's no secret how Strasburg is doing it. His fastball is averaging 96 miles per hour this season, and his secondary pitches look as filthy as they did in 2010 when he first broke into the league. And of course, he has excellent control of all his pitches.
Strasburg leads the NL with a 1.3 WAR, and if the season ended today he would deserve the NL Cy Young.
He won't win it, though. At some point, Strasburg will hit his innings limit and will be shut down. Enjoy it while it lasts, Nats fans.
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