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Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg named World Series MVP

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night to capture their first title. Fittingly, the World Series MVP went to the man who really injected life into a once-dormant franchise.

Stephen Strasburg was named the 2019 World Series MVP after going 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA in a pair of starts against the Astros:

Strasburg’s numbers hardly do his performance justice.

He got hit hard early during Game 2, but he settled in to post a quality start with six innings and seven strikeouts as Washington’s bats came alive late to deliver the win. In Game 6 on Tuesday, Strasburg again overcame early adversity.

The former San Diego State product dominated in the middle innings, throwing 8 1/3 innings and giving up just two runs on five hits. He threw 104 pitches, and his determination to go deep into the game allowed Washington to conserve their relievers and ease the tension in the late innings.

Washington had its baseball franchise when the Montreal Expos moved to the nation’s capital in 2005. But it was not until Strasburg arrived and dazzled in one of the greatest debut performances ever that the Nationals started to become a part of the D.C. sports lexicon.

The veteran right-hander is undoubtedly one of the best postseason pitchers of this generation, if not in all of MLB history. In 55 1/3 innings of work, Strasburg has 71 strikeouts and a dazzling 1.46 ERA, which is the third-lowest among all pitchers with at least 50 innings (lowest among starters).

Now, Stephen Strasburg has a World Series MVP to validate his status as one of the best pitchers of the decade.