Stephen Strasburg Must Get Back to Putting First-Pitch Strikes First

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Stephen Strasburg Must Get Back to Putting First-Pitch Strikes First
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The biggest single reason Stephen Strasburg lost his fourth straight start on Wednesday as the Washington Nationals fell below .500 is because he won't throw “strike one.” He can. But he doesn't. He says he will. Then he backslides. He talks about pitching to contact, quick outs, efficiency and going deep in games, then does the one thing that negates all of it: “Ball one.”

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