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Stephen Strasburg should be the Nats Opening Day starter once again in 2013
The Washington Nationals rotation may be a stacked deck, but Stephen Strasburg is the ace.
Stephen Strasburg only made 28 starts in 2012, throwing 159.1 innings due to an innings limit imposed by the Washington Nationals due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery. But he finished the season with a 15-6 record, 3.16 ERA and 197 strikeouts.
Projected over an entire season, Strasburg's numbers are pretty impressive. For his 162-game average, Strasburg has a 16-8 record with a 2.94 ERA and 236 strikeouts.
And Strasburg has often been victimized by the no-decision. In his 45 career starts, Strasburg already has 14 no-decisions, nearly one-third of his starts. If he can cut down on that number, he can win 20 games.
The Washington Nationals had the best pitching staff in the National League even when they weren't playing with a full deck. But once it's time to shuffle up and deal, the Nationals' ace of diamonds will help the team retain that title.