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The Red Sox and Rays played the 39th 1-0 game of 2011


Sunday night’s 16-inning marathon won by the Red Sox was the 39th 1-0 game of 2011.  If that sounds like a lot, it is.  We’re currently on pace for the most 1-0 games since 1976.

With scoring depressed, the number of 1-0 games shot way up last year and has only continued to increase.  Here’s the number of 1-0 games each season since 1990:

1990 – 43
1991 – 55
1992 – 58
1993 – 36
1994 – 26
1995 – 29
1996 – 26
1997 – 29
1998 – 32
1999 – 27
2000 – 29
2001 – 36
2002 – 42
2003 – 31
2004 – 35
2005 – 40
2006 – 39
2007 – 34
2008 – 38
2009 – 36
2010 – 62
2011 – 39

At the current pace, we’d end this season with 66 1-0 games, the high total since there were 72 in 1976.

The Twins have been on the winning side of five of the 1-0 games this year, while the Indians and Dodgers have won three apiece.

On the other hand, the Padres have lost five 1-0 games, including one to the Twins back on June 18.  The Marlins and Nationals have both lost three 1-0 games.

Stephen Strasburg unlikely to pitch in the NLDS

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals walks off the field after an injury in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 7, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that starter Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a strained flexor mass.

Strasburg was pitching well before a few poor starts prior to being shut down in August. He currently holds a 3.60 ERA with a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.

The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. This was obviously not how they invisioned his 2016 campaign going.

A.J. Cole fined, suspended five games for throwing at Jung Ho Kang

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejects A.J. Cole #22 of the Washington Nationals in the third inning during the game at PNC Park on September 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Cole is appealing his suspension.

Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper, who was coming into third base on a triple. The fake-out caused Harper to slide awkwardly, injuring his left thumb. The Nationals took exception to this and Cole threw a fastball that ended sailing behind Kang’s back during his next at-bat. Cole was ejected and both benches emptied. There was some yelling and some light pushing and shoving, but nothing beyond that.

Cole will remain active until his appeal is heard, which may allow him to make one more start before the end of the regular season. He’s carrying a 5.09 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts this season.