Strasburg gets Game 1 start in NLDS against Giants

Oct 2, 2014 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg's postseason debut will come in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the visiting Giants on Friday.

Washington manager Matt Williams announced the choice Thursday.

It is not a surprise: Strasburg was the team's opening-day starter and he's been much better at home than away.

In 18 starts at Nationals Park this season, Strasburg went 9-3 with a 2.56 ERA. In 16 road starts, he was 5-8 with a 3.82 ERA.

Still, one of the right-hander's worst showings came at home against San Francisco. On Aug. 24, the last time the teams met, Strasburg left after only four innings, having allowed five runs.

Strasburg was held out of the 2012 playoffs by the Nationals to protect his surgically repaired right elbow.

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