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Stephen Strasburg: Teams That Will Benefit from Nats Shutting Down Star Pitcher
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In the ongoing drama involving Stephen Strasburg, the Cincinnati Reds are among the teams in the National League that will benefit from the Washington Nationals' decision to limit the pitcher's innings.

Earlier this week, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported the Nationals will limit Strasburg to 180 innings. The team will consider skipping his final two or three starts of the season to preserve his strength and mitigate any health risks.

"The same source went so far as to say that Strasburg will not pitch in the postseason once he is shut down," Ladson writes. Nationals fans may not like it, but the team is being extremely cautious as the pitcher has already had Tommy John surgery.

It is a difficult decision to limit a star pitcher's innings. Baseball is a crazy game, and there is no guarantee the team will make it back to the postseason.

At 73-45, the Nationals have the best record in all of baseball. The team owns a four-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, and it is also eight games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates (who own the second wild-card spot).

This situation has been the talk of baseball all season, and now, let's take a look at the NL teams that will benefit from the team's decision.

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