By JP Finlay
With the announcement that Stephen Strasburg will be shut down for the remainder of the 2012 season to recover from Tommy John surgery, it's time to look back at the young pitcher's year. His final stat line for the year: 15 wins, 6 losses, 3.16 ERA with 197 strikeouts, 48 walks and a 1.15 WHIP.
Below is a look at the season from start to finish.
April 5 -- Though he didn't get the win, Strasburg looked good on Opening Day at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He went seven solid innings, giving up one earned run while striking out five.
April 11 -- In his first win of the year, Strasburg throws six innings on the road against the New York Mets. With nine strikeouts and no earned runs, Strasburg looks dominant.
May 10 -- Strasburg matches his season-high strikeout total with 13 in six innings at Pittsburgh on his way to the win.
May 20 -- While pitching against the inter-league rival Baltimore Orioles, Strasburg strikes out eight in a home win. In the process, he also hits his first career Major League homerun.
June 2 -- In his second of three wins over Atlanta, Strasburg strikes out nine while shutting out the Braves over seven innings.
June 8 -- Strasburg makes his first start at Boston's famed Fenway Park. Over six innings Strasburg strikes out 13 Boston players while giving up two earned runs en route to the win.
June 20 -- On the final leg of a six-start win streak, Strasburg strikes out 10 in Tampa as he goes seven strong innings, giving up two earned.
July 10 -- In his first All-Star Game appearance, Strasburg throws one inning of shutout ball, giving up a hit and a walk.
July 25 -- Facing the Mets in New York, Strasburg dazzles in the bright light, whiffing 11. Over seven innings Strasburg gives up just one earned run.
August 21 -- In the midst of a pennant race, Strasburg faces the Atlanta Braves with a narrow lead in the NL East. Responding to the moment, Strasburg mows down 10 Braves by strikeout on his way to win No. 15. This marks his fourth straight start with a win.
Sept. 7 -- In what would become his final start, Strasburg has his worst outing of the year. Only lasting three innings, Strasburg allows five earned runs, three walks and just two strikeouts as the Nats would eventually lose in 10 innings to the Marlins.