The Nationals continue to say that Stephen Strasburg will be shut down at some point this season. It’s really just a matter of when. There have been alot of “experts” assuming that the Nats will likely limit him to around 160 innings, similar to what they did with Jordan Zimmerman last year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said “they have no set number in mind” and “it will be the eye test”. Rizzo went on to say that it be him and him alone that makes the decision. Strasburg, who turns 24 on Friday, underwent Tommy John surgery in September of 2010. He has an excellent 2.66 ERA this season and does not appear to be wearing down at this point in the season.
Francisco Rodriguez has been collecting holds for the past 11 months, which provides little value in all non-holds fantasy leagues. The Brewers finally pulled the plug on John Axford after he blew his sixth save of the season on Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. Rodriguez is now the closer and it appears that Axford will begin collecting holds. In his first save opportunity on Tuesday night, K-Rod made things interesting against the Cardinals. He gave up a leadoff double to David Freese and a single to Yadier Molina, but he was able to work his way out of trouble and the Brewers escaped with a 3-2 victory. K-Rod has a 3.59 ERA and has thrown the ball much more effectively than last year. He needs to be owned in all formats.