Stephen Strasburg named Nationals opening day starter

Thursday March 20th, 2014

Stephen Strasburg is scratched from Friday's start against the Phillies. (David Banks/Getty Images) Stephen Strasburg struck out 191 batters in 183 innings for the Nationals last season. (David Banks/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals tabbed Stephen Strasburg to start on opening day for a third straight year, Nationals manager Matt Williams announced.

Strasburg went 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA and 191 strikeouts last season. Strasburg gets the nod over Jordan Zimmermann, who made the All-Star team in 2013 and won 19 games.

In the past two opening day starts, Strasburg has allowed one run in 14 innings. He got the win last year against the Miami Marlins, pitching three-hit ball over seven innings.

"He has experience there. He's done it before," Williams said via The Washington Post. "And he's earned it. We spoke to Jordan. He's good with wherever and whenever he pitches. Opening Day is important. But the rest of the games are important, too."

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The Nationals open their season March 31 against the New York Mets.


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