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Stephen Strasburg: Ace? Disappointment? What is he?


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I find Stephen Strasburg to be something of an enigma. .593 career winning percentage? Check. 3.01 career ERA? Check. 10.5 K/9? Check.

Yet somehow, I find his career to date to be vaguely disappointing, compared to all the hype. Am I just expecting too much from the guy? If you could have any pitcher in baseball under 27 years old, where would you rank him? (Note: Strasburg turns 26 on July 20.)

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I find Stephen Strasburg to be something of an enigma. .593 career winning percentage? Check. 3.01 career ERA? Check. 10.5 K/9? Check.

Yet somehow, I find his career to date to be vaguely disappointing, compared to all the hype. Am I just expecting too much from the guy? If you could have any pitcher in baseball under 27 years old, where would you rank him? (Note: Strasburg turns 26 on July 20.)

He is not Cy Young or Walter Johnson. So yeah, he missed his hype. And he can never get it back. In the AL Strasburg would be a top pitcher with a 3.75 ERA and 8Ks a game. 26 is young, he probably will be good through his early 30's . If the velocity declines, he will have a lot to learn.

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He is not Cy Young or Walter Johnson. So yeah, he missed his hype. And he can never get it back. In the AL Strasberg would be a top pitcher with a 3.75 ERA and 8Ks a game. 26 is young, he probably will be good through his early 30's . If the velocity declines, he will have a lot to learn.

How many more years does he have in his rebuilt elbow?

You know it is a matter of when, not if.

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He is not Cy Young or Walter Johnson. So yeah, he missed his hype. And he can never get it back. In the AL Strasberg would be a top pitcher with a 3.75 ERA and 8Ks a game. 26 is young, he probably will be good through his early 30's . If the velocity declines, he will have a lot to learn.

No, just no. Good lord man.

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No, just no. Good lord man.

I watched the frenzy here in Harrisburg and saw those dominant minor league starts that had everyone's hair on fire. He's not the same pitcher that he was then. And he will never be 22 again. I personally think that he would be hard pressed to outperform Price or SHerzer. So that puts him right there. And he is no workhorse.

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12 Jonathon Niese NYM 15 15 97.0 88 34 30 25 69 4 4 0 0 1.9 1.16 2.78

13 Tanner Roark WSH 15 15 93.2 81 30 29 23 72 7 4 0 0 2.3 1.11 2.79

14 Michael Wacha STL 15 15 90.1 75 30 28 26 83 5 5 0 0 1.5 1.12 2.79

15 Jordan Zimmermann WSH 15 15 91.2 91 34 30 16 77 5 4 0 0 1.5 1.17 2.95

16 Jason Hammel CHC 15 15 96.1 78 32 32 20 91 6 5 0 0 2.8 1.02 2.99

17 Wily Peralta MIL 15 15 95.1 94 39 32 23 69 8 5 0 0 1.4 1.23 3.02

18 Alfredo Simon CIN 14 14 88.2 76 31 30 22 55 10 3 0 0 1.5 1.11 3.05

19 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD 14 14 82.1 80 31 28 18 66 9 3 0 0 1.5 1.19 3.06

20 Lance Lynn STL 15 15 91.1 85 36 32 35 82 7 5 0 0 1.0 1.31 3.15

RK PLAYER TEAM GP GS IP H R ER BB SO W L SV BLSV WAR WHIP ERA

21 Kyle Lohse MIL 16 16 107.0 94 44 38 20 75 9 2 0 0 1.4 1.07 3.20

22 Tyson Ross SD 16 16 100.2 90 48 36 41 95 6 7 0 0 0.4 1.30 3.22

23 Stephen Strasburg WSH 16 16 100.0 103 46 36 20 121 6 5 0 0 0.8 1.23 3.24

24 Yovani Gallardo MIL 15 15 91.2 82 34 34 28 72 5 4 0 0 1.8 1.20 3.34

25 Charlie Morton PIT 15 15 93.1 84 46 36 34 73 4 8 0 0 0.2 1.26 3.47

26 Shelby Miller STL 15 15 91.0 79 37 36 41 64 7 6 0 0 0.8 1.32 3.56

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No, just no. Good lord man.

Well, what are you saying? AL pitchers tend to have higher ERAs and lower K rates due to the DH rule. I'm not sure weams is right about how large the effect would be, but he is probably right that there would be an effect.

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Well, what are you saying? AL pitchers tend to have higher ERAs and lower K rates due to the DH rule. I'm not sure weams is right about how large the effect would be, but he is probably right that there would be an effect.

I see some very good pitchers get hit in this league. Very good. Better than Strasburg. Maybe he would be better than many of the AL's top 25 pitchers. I would love to see it.

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I find Stephen Strasburg to be something of an enigma. .593 career winning percentage? Check. 3.01 career ERA? Check. 10.5 K/9? Check.

Yet somehow, I find his career to date to be vaguely disappointing, compared to all the hype. Am I just expecting too much from the guy? If you could have any pitcher in baseball under 27 years old, where would you rank him? (Note: Strasburg turns 26 on July 20.)

I try not to rank players by production vs hype. If you do that everyone is always disappointing, except David Eckstein. Using this method we find Matt Weiters to be a bum, Manny to be on a collision course with Cesar Izturis, Adam Jones to just be barely cutting it, and, well... guys like Brian Matusz who may have a 12-year career as a pretty good reliever, well... he won't ever be able to show his face in America again.

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He's a top 10 pitcher in MLB regardless of what league he is in. He's not dropping from 10.84K/9 to 8K/9 or becoming a 3.75ERA pitcher because he's in the AL.

FIP 2.43(3rd best in MLB)

xFIP 2.43(3rd best in MLB)

K/9 10.89(2nd best in MLB)

The only reason his ERA is all of 3.24 is because he has a .356babip. He's been unlucky and still posting killer numbers. There are not 10 pitchers in baseball who are better than him.

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