Strasburg: I didn't feel qualified to be All-Star

Strasburg: I didn't feel qualified to be All-Star

WASHINGTON -- Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg said before Tuesday's game against the Padres he was not All-Star worthy because he was not with the team long enough to be considered.

Strasburg joined Washington on June 8 for his Major League debut against the Pirates. He has been dominating since that day, going 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 53 strikeouts, which ranks second on the team.

"I have six starts [in the Major Leagues]," Strasburg said. "It didn't matter what I was going to do. I didn't feel I was qualified to make the team, No. 1, based on the experience that I have. I'm sure I'll have an opportunity down the road. It was never a goal of mine.

"You look at the guys that are going to the All-Star Game and look at the years they have had, they have done that from Opening Day. I haven't been here since Opening Day. They deserve it. Hopefully, someday, I'll deserve it, too."

If he had made the team, Strasburg said it would have been a tough decision for him to go to Anaheim, but he felt all along that he was never going to be an All-Star this year.

"Right now, I would much rather take this team to a World Series, before making an All-Star team, to be quite honest," he said.

Strasburg, who will make his last start of the first half on Friday, said he is not ready for a break. He has kept his body in shape and is looking to keep pitching.