Suddenly 11 baserunners per 9 innings is Porcello-bad.
In a game like baseball, patience pays. It’s not a good idea to jump to a conclusion too quickly or base a decision on too few facts. I offer this bit of advice based on developments in this season’s four-start performance of Stephen Strasburg.
After his first start, in which he pitched seven shutout innings and permitted three hits, USA Today called it “the first step in vindication for general manager Mike Rizzo, who took much of the heat for shutting down the right-hander in the year after elbow surgery.”
I don’t know what Strasburg’s subsequent three starts mean in terms of Rizzo’s shutdown – I don’t know that they mean anything, any more than the first start did—but Strasburg lost all three starts.
No doubt the stats zealots can explain why those losses weren’t Strasburg’s fault, and I suppose if wins are no longer important, as some of my critics tell me, losses don’t matter anymore either. In fact, with a 1-3 won-loss record and a ratio of 11 baserunners per 9 innings, Strasburg very likely is an early leader in the Cy Young race.
But everyone might want to slow down and let Strasburg play out his season. Maybe he’ll win his remaining 29 starts – if he gets to make them all – and then we can applaud the person or people who deserve applause, once we know who they are and what they did.
Posted: April 21, 2013 at 05:59 AM | 43 comment(s)
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