Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals
When Stephen Strasburg made short work of the Dodgers during the 2019 National League Division Series, it should have come as no surprise to fans that have watched the Washington right-hander take the mound against Los Angeles over the years. However, it may not have been quite as obvious due to the fact that the team may only see him once or twice a season.
However, while the Dodgers may have made out in the win column, make no mistake about it, Stephen Strasburg has been a heel for the Dodgers over the years.
In 11 starts against Los Angeles since 2010, Strasburg owns a lifetime record of just 3-5, but as we know with all starting pitchers, wins and losses don’t paint the full picture. In 71 innings of work, he owns a lifetime ERA of 2.54 (5th), a 3.17 FIP (7th), a 29.8% K rate (4th), and a 5.3 K/BB ratio (2nd).
Like Bumgarner, he’s controlled runs by limiting hard contact (29.5%), holding Dodgers hitters to a batting line of .191/.254/.315 and wOBA of just .249.
All that dominance set the stage for his postseason work in 2019, culminating with 12 innings of work against the Dodgers, including 17 strikeouts and a single walk issued. He would go on to win the World Series MVP award after going 5-0 during the 2019 postseason and guiding the Nationals to their first World Series title in team history.