And so, Stephen Strasburg has just two more starts to go before Shutdown Day. Strasburg's final start of 2012 will be Sept. 12:
"I’m just focused on the next start. That’s all I can really focus on right now. We’re going to have to have a sit-down and talk here soon. . . . I just don’t have anything to say. I’m in it with these guys, and we still got a long way to go. But I’m going to fight with them until the end."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Washington Post, 9/2/2012)
Unfortunately for Strasburg, "the end" means September 12. Noted - simply reading the quote above doesn't do justice to the video of Strasburg addressing the issue with the media (via CSN Washington) on Sunday after he bounced back from a bad start last time out in Miami with a six inning gem against the Cardinals.
(Screencap via CSNWashington.com video)