Following Stephen Strasburg's 26th start of the year on August 28th in Miami, Nats' skipper Davey Johnson had a talk with the 24-year-old right-hander during which he informed the '09 no.1 overall pick that he likely had two or three more starts this season before he was going to be shut down in his first full-season back following Tommy John surgery in late 2010. Following that outing against the Marlins, in which Strasburg gave up nine hits and seven runs, five earned in 5.0 IP, he was at 150.1 innings on the year. After throwing 6.0 scoreless innings this afternoon, in which he gave up just two hits, striking out nine, he was up to 156.1 IP over which he is (15-6) with a 2.94 ERA, 2.63 FIP, 45 walks (2.59 BB/9) and 195 K's (11.23 K/9).

According to multiple reports, Davey Johnson told the media after today's 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that the Nats' ace will make two more starts this season, most likely next Friday (9/7) against Miami and 9/12 in New York before he's shut down for the year