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Strasburg - awesome pitcher but a terrible bet

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is one of the worst bets in the MLB this season.

The Nationals are just 5-8 in Strasburg’s 13 starts to date, meaning the $100-per-game bettor would be down $558.

The hard-throwing righty just returned from the disabled list Sunday (back) and the Nationals suffered their worst display of situational hitting all season in a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Eight times they had runners on base with no outs and couldn’t score. Three of those times a runner reached third base with no outs and failed to plate.

Strasburg ranks 98th in the bigs in run support, receiving just 2.69 per game. His 2.50 ERA and 1.06 WHIP are on pace to be career bests, although that is not reflected in his 3-6 win-loss record.

Bettors looking for an over/under angle on Strasburg’s starts are also out of luck. The Nationals are 6-7 O/U in his outings.

Surprisingly, Strasburg wasn't a great bet last season either.

Despite Washington going 19-9 in the fireballer’s 28 starts in 2012, bettors only turned a profit of $350 due to the pumped up juice in his starts.

Strasburg has only been an underdog once this season - May 21 at San Francisco opposite Matt Cain.

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