The Stephen Strasburg count continues. Nobody really knows what number we're counting to, but we're all counting just the same.
Right now that number is 143 1/3 -- that's how many innings the Washington Nationals star pitcher has thrown this season. The Nationals have said all year that they're sticking to a strict limit for their young ace, who is pitching his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010.
The team has not revealed what the ceiling will be for Strasburg, but it's expected to be somewhere between 160 and 180 innings. So that means probably two to four starts remain before his season comes to an end.
For weeks now, fans have been debating the wisdom of the team with the best record in baseball shutting down their best pitcher at the most important time of the season. And it definitely is a worthwhile debate.