If the regular season started tomorrow we don't think that would be seen enough for Stephen Strasburg. The Washington Nationals ace was in mid-season form on Saturday striking out eight Houston Astros over five and one-third fantastic innings. Or maybe Strasburg's spring training form is simply better than most pitcher's mid-season form.


“It’s starting to click a little bit,” Strasburg told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post after the game.

That from a guy who during one particularly dominant stretch bridging the second and fourth innings struck out five consecutive batters. That was broken up by a Rick Ankiel home run, which accounted for Houston's only run against him in Washington's 4-2 loss.

“The biggest thing is not really stressing about how the ball feels at the end. You’re still kind of building. I know that the more times I get out there and get my pitch count up, I’m going to feel just exactly the same as I came into the game.”