Sitting at his locker this afternoon, Stephen Strasburg did not want to answer questions about his inning limit today. There will come a time for that, he said, and it was not today. He instead asked a reporter if there was anything he wanted to talk about.

Well, yes. The unceasing opinions about Strasburg's shutdown have obscured his development as a pitcher – the act that makes his shutdown such a big deal in the first place. The shellacking he endured in his last start – five earned runs in five innings on nine hits in Miami – provided a key moment for him to learn from. Strasburg, with his next start coming Sunday afternoon, opened up about what went wrong, how he'll fix it and what else he's learned in his first full season.

Strasburg did not have much command of his pitches against the Marlins, but he said that owed to his arm feeling too strong, not fatigued as he nears the end of his first season.

"For some reason, my arm felt really good that game," Strasburg said. "Maybe it was the off day before. It's tough when you're arm feels almost too good, and you don't really have a feeling for your pitches. You're trying to tell yourself to slow down, but you can't. I was throwing sinkers that were going down and in and almost hitting them at 97. I kept on trying to make the adjustment to get it less sink, less sink."