Posted by Brady
We all know who he is. We’ve all heard his name. We all know how dominant he is. The fact is that Stephen Strasburg is the most productive rookie in the National League. His numbers are completely mind blowing. In 63.2 innings pitched, Strasburg has struck out a mindblowing 86 batters. 86 batters. He is the proud owner of a 12.2 K/9. He has faced 259 batters. He’s surrendered 24 runs, which translates to less than 3 runs a start. In his 11 starts, his 63.2 innings translate to 5.74 innings per start. His FIP stands at a mind-boggling 2.21. Strasburg has left 73.4 percent of base runners as base runners. And when he’s only had 66 base runners in his 11 starts which translates to almost 49 base runners, and 6 base runners per start, which makes sense since he has a 1.114 WHIP. Strasburg has thrown 1017 Major League pitches, 667 of them for strikes. An astonishing 65%.
In Strasburg’s 11 games, he has accumulated 2.4 WAR, compared to NL Rookie of the Year favorite, Jason Heyward’s 2.6 and Jaime Garcia’s 2.5 in 23 games.
There is no question that Strasburg has been dominant. There is no doubt that the man is a star. Strasburg’s first baseball card went to auction, and as of July 20th, it was selling for well over $11,000. He has had one of the most memorable appearances on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Strasburg is putting National baseball on the map, which is awesome, because, how many people really know they have a team?
Now, let us, as baseball fans, hope the Nats take good care of that arm.