Sunday, August 03, 2014

Is Stephen Strasburg the ace of the Nationals team?




This afternoon, the Phillies will face a pitcher on the mound for the Nats that is believed to be the ace of the team. This pitcher was the first overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft and immediately a sense of hype developed around him. Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the Washington Nationals today.

Is Stephen Strasburg living up to all of the hype that surrounded him when the Nationals brought him up to the bigs a couple of years ago?

In five seasons so far with the Nationals, Strasburg has a 36-28 record. This season, Strasburg has struggled with a 7-9 record with a 3.55 ERA in 23 games so far.

In 2012, Strasburg was his best so far of his career, 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA. That season was the year after the surgery that he needed to repair the torn ligament in his pitching arm, known as Tommy John surgery.

The injury happened to Strasburg when he was on the mound in Philadelphia, pitching in a game against the Phillies on August 21, 2010 when after he threw a pitch, he kind of reacted like he knew something was really wrong. It reminded me of seeing Cliff Lee do the same thing on the mound the other night.

Here's some more of Strasburg's career numbers:


Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G IP SO SO9
2010 21 WSN 5 3 .625 2.91 12 68.0 92 12.2
2011 22 WSN 1 1 .500 1.50 5 24.0 24 9.0
2012 ★ 23 WSN 15 6 .714 3.16 28 159.1 197 11.1
2013 24 WSN 8 9 .471 3.00 30 183.0 191 9.4
2014 25 WSN 7 9 .438 3.55 23 144.1 167 10.4
5 Yrs 36 28 .563 3.11 98 578.2 671 10.4
162 Game Avg. 12 10 .563 3.11 34 201 233 10.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/3/2014.


As you can see, Strasburg has had 167 strikeouts so far this year, and he's been averaging 10.4 strikeouts per game this year. He has 7 no-decisions so far this season.

Here is a few of the teams that have been able to hit Strasburg well this season, from the most runs scored against him, the Phillies are up there at number 3 best against him, the Brewers and Braves have also hit him hard.


Split G AB ▾ R H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA
WP of .500+ 11 267 36 72 17 1 8 14 72 .270
WP lt .500 12 292 31 75 12 1 6 18 95 .257
Milwaukee Brewers 2 47 11 15 2 1 4 4 11 .319
Atlanta Braves 2 49 10 17 3 0 1 3 14 .347
Philadelphia Phillies 3 75 9 20 2 0 2 3 25 .267
Miami Marlins 3 66 8 15 2 1 2 6 21 .227
St. Louis Cardinals 2 48 5 12 6 0 1 2 14 .250
Colorado Rockies 2 50 5 14 4 0 1 4 13 .280
New York Mets 1 21 4 5 0 0 1 2 10 .238
Inter-League 2 50 4 10 3 0 1 1 18 .200
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 24 3 7 1 0 1 2 7 .292
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 29 3 8 2 0 0 0 6 .276
Texas Rangers 1 25 2 6 2 0 0 1 9 .240
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 28 2 7 0 0 0 2 6 .250
Cincinnati Reds 1 25 2 6 2 0 0 1 4 .240
Baltimore Orioles 1 25 2 4 1 0 1 0 9 .160
San Francisco Giants 1 21 1 4 2 0 0 0 7 .190
San Diego Padres 1 26 0 7 0 0 0 2 11 .269
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/3/2014.

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