Nationals righty Stephen Strasburg made his third start since returning from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Saturday night against the Marlins.
And he was as dominant as you might expect.
Via Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Strasburg tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits while striking out three Marlins hitters. The right-hander did not issue a walk and threw 45 of his 61 pitches for strikes, hitting 98 mph regularly.
Strasburg has now pitched 14 major league innings since being activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 6 and boasts a sparkling 1.29 ERA and 0.64 WHIP over his first three starts. He has scattered eight hits, fanned 11 opposing hitters and allowed only two runs — all while managing to not walk a single batter. In fact, Strasburg hasn’t issued a walk to the last 96 batters he’s faced, dating back to 2010.
The velocity is where it needs to be, and his breaking stuff has quickly rounded into midseason form. Strasburg should remain a dominant force over his final two appearances of the 2011 regular season.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.