Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Done with Braves, Strasburg faces familiar foe in Fish

When he takes the mound Tuesday night at Marlins Park, Stephen Strasburg will look to continue his dominance in 2016 against a team other than the Braves. In his two previous starts, both vs. Atlanta, the 27-year-old went 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA. In 13 2/3 innings this season, Strasburg has struck out 11 and walked five while yielding 10 hits.
As a team, the Marlins had surprising success against Strasburg last season, hitting a combined .309. Miami captured two of three decisions against Strasburg in 2015. Lifetime, Strasburg has more decisions vs. Miami (17) than any other team. Over his career, Strasburg is 10-7 with a 3.69 ERA against the Marlins, with 122 strikeouts in 122 innings.
Miami will counter with Adam Conley. The lefty won his only decision over the Nationals, but has pitched in just two games (six innings) lifetime against them. He started the April 7 game at Washington, but went just one inning before a lengthy rain delay. He allowed two hits and three runs in his inning of work, but then went six scoreless on Wednesday against the Mets.
Things to know about this game
• Giancarlo Stanton has had particular success against Strasburg during his career. In 28 official at-bats, the Marlins slugger is hitting .429 with three homers and 10 RBIs. He's one of five current Marlins players hitting .290 or better, with at least 10 career at-bats, against Strasburg.
• Conley is a relative unknown with the Nationals. As a team, Washington has just 14 at-bats against the lefty. The Nationals have collected five hits off Conley, including one homer by Wilson Ramos.
• Strasburg is approaching a milestone in his stellar career. He needs just 88 strikeouts to reach 1,000. Last season, Strasburg struck out 155 batters. He led the league in 2014 with 242 K's.

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