Ramos urges Strasburg to keep his head up

Ramos urges Strasburg to keep his head up

PITTSBURGH -- Last Monday against the Braves, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs, but catcher WIlson Ramos noticed that Strasburg's head was often down.

Against the Pirates on Saturday, Ramos said he told Strasburg to keep his head up all the time regardless of how he was pitching. The catcher told his pitcher to just keep fighting.

"It's not good when you are behind the plate and you see your pitcher [keeping his head down]. It's not good," Ramos said. "I would like everybody to keep their head up. Let's go fight. It's a long season. We can do a lot of good things. I love this team. I know everybody here can play hard. We can do a lot of [good] things."

Strasburg pitched effectively with Ramos behind the plate on Saturday, lasting seven innings and allowing four runs on five hits in a 5-4 victory over the Pirates.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.