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Stras Suffers First defeat in 4th Start.

Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:36 pm
 
There was no joy in Mudville...the Mighty Stras was proven mortal...well...sort of.  The Nats' Bats were silent last night for their phenom, rookie pitcher.  Despite the nine hits Stephen Strasburg allowed, he gave up just 1 ER in 6 innings of work.  With the likes of Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, Ryan Zimmerman, Nyjer Morgan, and Ivan Rodriguez (Pudge) they couldn't put together 2 measely runs in order to preserve mystique around their team.  Well, it was bound to happen.

Game 4 Stats
:
6 INN
95 PC (a staggering 75 for strikes)
9 HA
1 ER
0 BB

Still far from a poor or even pedestrian performance.  Even Ubaldo Jimenez yielded 6 runs in the very same night.

Fact of the matter is that the Nationals are still not that good of a team.  They have the tools and the talent, but the winning way still eludes them as evidenced by the poor base running last night which could've save Stras the loss.  Sure they have pitching issues beyond their control with Scott Olsen, Chien-Ming Wang, and the Jordan Zimmermann (other Zimmermann) on the DL.  However, if the bats are silent no amount ace level pitching will suffice.

Despite the loss Strasburg continues to set records.  In his 3rd game he set an MLB record for most strikeouts in his first three starts (32), breaking the record set by J.R. Richard in 1971, who struck out 29 in his first three starts.  In his 4th start, he broke the MLB record for most strikeouts in 4 game (41) previously held all the way back in 1955 by Herb Score.  This game marked his 3rd in 4 games of not yielding any walks in a game.  He also had his 1st career MLB base hit too.

His performance over the last 4 games is amazing: 
25.3 INN
41 Ks (14.58K/9I) 
5 walks (still)
1.776ERA (4 ER)
.09474 WHIP 
4 hits allowed (2 HR)
370 pitches
251 strikes  (67.8% pitches thrown for strikes)

His numbers only seem to be improving for the most part.  The law of averages necessitates his ERA and WHIP to continue upward, but his raw stats continue to flourish.  Disappointed with the loss though many of us are, it comes with the territory.  It's not his fault.  Is he supposed to hold off evey major league batter for 9-12 solid innings until his lineup comes to life?  Hardly.  I'm reminded of Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay playing for low scoring teams to start their careers too.  I think that despite that, Stras will OK.  Better than OK.
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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2010 12:08 am
 

Stras Suffers First defeat in 4th Start.

His numbers only seem to be improving for the most part.  The law of averages necessitates his ERA and WHIP to continue upward, but his raw stats continue to flourish.  Disappointed with the loss though many of us are, it comes with the territory.  It's not his fault.  Is he supposed to hold off evey major league batter for 9-12 solid innings until his lineup comes to life?  Hardly.  I'm reminded of and playing for low scoring teams to start their careers too.  I think that despite that, Stras will OK.  Better than OK.Stephen Strasburg is so exciting for not just baseball, but the entire sporting community in the United States.  Yes he is young and yes, without Tony K. Gwynn Sr. to guide him through San Deigo State and what was essentially his real Minor League career in college, he should be nuts by now.  Don't see any Tiger Woods-like behavior yet but he is being kept quite busy right now. 
 Lord Bless Stephen Strasburg and keep him on the right track.
T. Faulk has hit another home run with excellant "to the point" analysis.  Inspiring. 



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Stras Suffers First defeat in 4th Start.

Stras is proving he's the real deal. I was watching a report the other day in which they were somewhat bragging that "He's not Mr. Perfect as he now has a loss." I think they were saying that he's in some way not all he's cracked up to be and the loss proves it.


Al I could think was "you dumb ass".


XactlyTru, you certainly live up to your name.  He's lived up to the hype -- there's no doubt inmy mind -- and any sports pundit who think he's not as gd a billed b/c of his loss is either a moron on playing devils advocate to entice response -- even negative one -- to justify their pathetic existences/jobs.  That's my feeling on contemporary journalism (on any subject) as we're flooded with a bunch of hacks who have tons of opinions and pass it off as "news" in some fashion.  But that's the subject of another thread.

In four starts, win or loss, he's proven himself.  The loss was clearly not a 100% on him and no amount of argument about him giving up 9 runs can change my mind.  He met his team more than half way to victory and they let him down.  It happens on the best of teams to elite pitchers too, but the Nats' hitting and base running has been abysmal as of late.

For "journalist" so start sowing some doubt into their articles now is just a transparent method for them to say one day IF in the unlikely event he falls apart, "Look at what I said in his 4th start!  I was one of the few and first to predict this would happen!" so that they can't perhaps garner some respect in their profession.  It is absolute bilge.

But he'd never be considered for a Cy Young and likely not even a n all-star appearance.
The Cy Young would only apply if they started him at the beginning of the season.  It would've been an interesting race with him in it, but Ubaldo Jimenez is a my favorite for that this year going as he is.  If ran the Nats I probably wouldn't put that on him either this season -- too much else to worry about.


So, does Stras make the All Star game?That is an interesting question.  He has perhaps 3 more starts before then.  He could catch some of the other pitchers un der consideration for it stat-wise by then.  And it would be great for baseball too.  I couldn't think of any other arguments against it.



Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: June 25, 2010 9:47 am
 

Stras Suffers First defeat in 4th Start.

Fact of the matter is that the are still not that good of a team.  They have the tools and the talent, but the winning way still eludes them as evidenced by the poor base running last night which could've save Stras the loss.  


Stras is proving he's the real deal. I was watching a report the other day in which they were somewhat bragging that "He's not Mr. Perfect as he now has a loss." I think they were saying that he's in some way not all he's cracked up to be and the loss proves it.


Al I could think was "you dumb ass". He gave up 1 fricken run. And if not for a very close play at the plate and his offense letting him down, he would still not have a L. It's one of the things that I hate about the way people think about pitchers. A starting P with a 12-10 record but a 1.78 ERA, 65% strike rate and leads the league in K's is a dominant pitcher - period. It clearly shows he has no bats behind him. But he'd never be considered for a Cy Young and likely not even a n all-star appearance.



 However, if the bats are silent no amount ace level pitching will suffice.



Exactly my point.



So, does Stras make the All Star game?


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