I have said this several times in several posts: Stephen Strassburg should not start a game in the playoffs. Why? Because he cannot command his fastball consistently. If you don’t believe me, then take a gander at Tom Boswell’s article on the subject in today’s Post. Anyone who watched Strass pitch yesterday should understand what I’m talking about.
Fastball commands determines the effectiveness of all a starting pitcher’s repertoire of pitches. Strass has had this inconsistency his whole life; I watched him pitch in college. He gets hammered when he can’t spot his fastball, over, over and over again.
OK, one more time for Nats fans: Strass should not be used as a starter in the playoffs. Fister, Roark and Zimmerman should be the starters.