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Strasburg lives up to the hype

Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:54 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

Although it seemed like nothing short of the season's third* perfect game would be a disappointment, Stephen Strasburg seemingly lived up to the hype. The two runs by the Pirates may have proved he was human, but the rest of the night made it seem debatable.

Strasburg struck out 14 batters in seven innings, including the final seven batters he faced and eight of the last nine batters he faced. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning. He struck out every batter in the Pirates' lineup.

Strasburg's final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 14 Ks, 1 HR and an ERA of 2.57.

Strasburg's 94th and final pitch of the night was a 98.5 fastball to Andy LaRoche that followed two curveballs to start the at-bat.

In his seven innings, Strasburg hit 100 mph on the radar gun and showed off his curveball, as well. Only his changeup wasn't displayed much or as sharp as advertised, but it didn't matter.

Although the Pirates are 23-34 this season, Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants is the only other starter to strike out 11 Pirates in a game this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Category: MLB
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:59 am
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

It's obvious that you're a huge baseball guru. Your knowledge is amazing. So you don't see anything special about what happened last night, because it was against the tipple A Pitares, well Einstein answer me thiS:
HOW MANY MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHERS THIS YEAR HAVE STRUCK OUT THE ENTIRE PIRATE LINE-UP IN ONE GAME?HOW MANY MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHERS HAVE STRUCK OUT 14 PIRATES IN THE SAME GAME? AND FINALLY TELL ME HOW MANY MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHERS HAVE STUCK-OUT 14 PIRATES IN THE SAME GAME WITHOUT GIVING AWAY A SINGLE WALK THIS SEASON?ACTUALLY TELL ME, HOW MANY MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHERS HAVE DONE ANY OF THESE THINGS IN THE LAST 10 SEASONS, AGAINST THE TRIPPLE A PIRATES? 
I'M SURE YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS, SINCE YOU'RE YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE (according to you ) OVER RATED HYPE, WHO DID NOT IMPRESS AT ALL THAT IS Strasburg.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2010 5:40 am
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

classic idiot chicago fan



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2010 3:12 am
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

As was mentioned, it's not who he faced but what he threw.  He has a two seam that gets to triple digits, a four seam that goes 95-98, a hard biting curve that goes low ninties, a change 88-90 that falls off a cliff the last three feet before a hitter that is a work in progress and will only get better, and a filthy 80 curve that seems to defy physics and makes hitters look profoundly silly.  Now consider that his best pitching attribute is probably his control.  Zaro walks is zero walks, whether facing the Phillies or the Pirates.  Thirty one of his final 39 pitches were strikes called or swinging.  He seems to throw the ball where he wants to throw it on nearly every pitch.  With that stuff.  Now consider that his best attribute overall is probably his head.  He has a great head for pitching but a great head on his shoulders overall, showing just the right blend of pride, humility, common sense.

Barring injury, I believe he will contend for the Cy Young every year.  Pitching looks pretty natural with him.  He doesn't look like he is putting undue strain on his arm.  The Nats are being cautious, obviously.  We'll see.  No one predicted Pryor and Wood would break down, but Baker was hardly cautious.  We'll see.   Barring injury, the only other things that could prevent him from winning a lot of Cy Youngs (well, other than the Nats offense) have names like Linthicum, Halliday, Jiminez, Santana.  He's not going to strike out 14 every game.  He's not going to have zero walks in every game.  But I will say this.  And all bets are off if he gets hurt.  I won't make a prediction as to the player's health, as I said, we'll see.

Barring injury, he'll win at least 4 Cy Youngs, perhaps more, even with the depth of starting pitching in the NL these days.  He'll have one, maybe two perfect games, and several no hitters.  The Pirates may be the worst team for average in the ML, but they aren't the least disciplined.  And if you go up to the plate undisciplined, occasionally you'll get lucky, but most of the time you'll look foolish.  He'll prey on these teams.  He'll have multiple 20K games.  He'll be in the Hall of Fame, and will be considered on of the top 5-10 to ever pitch in MLB.  And you know what, he has the potential to be the best ever.  I have seen it written other places by some of the writers and posters, but I do not believe I have ever seen a pitcher enter the majors with this combination of stuff and control, and what seem to be a tremendous instinctive baseball and pitching sense, and be as level headed as this kid seems.

For the record, I am a lifelong Orioles fan who lives in Maine.  I moved out of the area before the Nationals, so never had my alliegence challenged.  In truth, the current and longtime ownership of the Orioles has caused me to shy away from baseball altogether, but Strasmas made me sit up and take notice.  So I am not a homer, or a bandwagon Nats fan.  Just stating what I believe I saw watching him pitch today.  His potential is to be historic.  I feel, barring injury, he'll realize much or all of that potential.  He has the stuff, the control (no one can doubt either of those things) and I feel the head to do it.  Just needs the body to hold up.



Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2010 2:36 am
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

Give the guy some credit idiot.  Geez, if it was that easy, why hasn't ANYONE else struck out 14 Pirates?  Get a friggin life!



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:18 am
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

I still can't figure out how any baseball fan can downplay Strasburg's debut as "Oh it was only against the Pirates, wait until he faces XXXX"

Last time I checked, 14K's is tied for the most in one game this year!  If the Pirates are so terrible and lowly (which their record indicates they are average) why haven't these "seasoned" and "real" pitchers done it to the Pirates multiple times this year?  For God sake, appreciate what this kid did tonight. He struck out 14 (including 7 in a row) in his major league DEBUT.  I'm not about to annoit him the second coming of Christ or even an All Star just yet, I just get sickened with these baseball "fans" who are too up their own team's as$ to sit back and just say "Wow, that was damn impressive!" 



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:08 pm
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

I meant Arizona, not Dodgers. Doesnt even matter, he can dominate any team.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:05 pm
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

I agree that he did start against the Pirates can be rather downplayed, but he could've flopped.  C'mon it's the new media, they have to sell airtime, it is what it is.  It's the new scuttlebutt or water cooler talk for you youngsters...



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:04 pm
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

Anybody that thinks his success was because he faced the Pirates is a moron. You guys looked at who he faced, while some of us looked at what he threw. There isnt a MLB team that would have done better than the Pirates. A lineup full of pujol'es wouldnt hit him. On the contrary, wait till he faces the real free swingers like the Dodgers, i bet he k's 20! 



Since: May 11, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Strasburg lives up to the hype

Tiger Woods didn't win his first tourney and no one was throwing 100 mph fast balls at him.


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