Curse of Stephen Strasburg is a possible curse that prevents the Washington Nationals from winning the pennant, World Series title, nor even winning the Division Series for decades, meaning current Nationals squad like Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Trea Turner, and curse's namesake Stephen Strasburg may never play the World Series nor even advance to the championship round.
Birth of the curseEdit
The 2012 Washington Nationals season had a lot of expectations after getting many good players during the previous offseason, most expect them to win the division, and many more think that Nationals may win the World Series. The curse began when Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg was put on innings limit by the team's manager Mike Rizzo after pitching his first full season since he had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and missed much of 2011 season. His season was done in mid-September 2012 after pitching nearly 160 innings and would not be illegible to pitch in the postseason. The Nationals met the in-season expectation by winning the NL East with 98 wins. The Nationals played the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 NLDS, where they lost the series in five games. If Stephen Strasburg was available in that series, he would've pitch Games 1 and 5. The actual Nats rotation in that series was Gio Gonzalez in Game 1, Jordan Zimmermann in Game 2, Edwin Jackson in Game 3, Ross Detwiler in Game 4, and back to Gonzalez in Game 5. If Strasburg was in that series, he would've started Games 1 and 5, Gonzalez in Game 2, Zimmermann in Game 3, and Jackson in Game 4. In Game 5, Nats had a 6-0 lead after third inning and had 7-5 lead over St. Louis heading into the ninth inning before Nats closer Drew Storen gave up four runs and Nats lost the Division Series. Who knew, if Strasburg were to pitch in this Series, the game-by-game results in Division Series would've been different and Nats probably would've won the Series.
Years later through presentEdit
After missing the playoffs in 2013, the Nationals have again won the NL East in 2014. They faced the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series. They lost the Series in four games. Strasburg started Game 1, but the Nats lost that game.
Two years later, the Nats won the NL East and again went to playoffs without Strasburg as he was nursing elbow injury he suffered in mid-September. They faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. They again lost a winner-take-all game, and healthy Strasburg probably would've helped the Nats advance to the championship round. If Nats won the Series, there is a chance they would've prevented the Cubs from ending their infamous 108-year World Series title drought. One year later, they yet again lost a winner-take-all game in the Division Series, this time to the defending World Series Champions Chicago Cubs. They lost in all four LDS appearances over the last six seasons, three of those came at Nationals Park in Game 5.
They will again win the division in 2018. They'll lose to the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS for second straight year.
They'll go on to lose eight straight LDS appearances. The current all-time longest losing streak in LDS is the division rival Atlanta Braves at six.
End of the curseEdit
Finally in 2036 after enduring a 12-year playoff drought, the Nationals finally break through by beating the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS and then would win their first appearance in the NLCS since the team moved from Montreal to Washington prior to 2005 season. They would go on to win the franchise's first World Series title in their 68th season by beating the Tampa Bay Rays in five games. They would win another World Series title five years later and another in 2050. After enduring the first 67 seasons without even appearing in the World Series (including all 36 seasons in Montreal and first 31 seasons in D.C.), they would win three World Series titles in a span of 15 seasons.