These Washington Nationals have avoided losing streaks of any considerable length thanks to the pitching prowess of Stephen Strasburg. Eight times this season, more than any other Nationals starter, he has taken the mound following a loss and produced a win. Four of those victories came after losing streaks of three games or more.

There may have been no better time to send Strasburg to the mound than Tuesday night. The Nationals were riding a frustrating losing streak and the right-hander had dominated the Miami Marlins unlike any other division opponent. Instead, the Nationals' skid was extended to five games, tying their longest of the season, with a 9-0 loss.