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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Undefeated in Oct., Stras named WS MVP

Stephen Strasburg did not appear in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, but the Nationals right-hander already had made his mark on this Fall Classic.

Strasburg won the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet for those efforts after the Nats closed out the first championship in franchise history, beating the Astros, 6-2, at Minute Maid Park. He earned that honor by starting and winning Games 2 and 6, becoming the first pitcher to finish a postseason 5-0.

Congratulations to Strasburg and to the Nationals.

 

QLE Posted: October 31, 2019 at 12:01 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: mvp, stephen strasburg, world series

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 31, 2019 at 12:26 AM (#5897207)
Would have given it to Rendon, for his superlative defense as well as his hitting, but Strasburg was also worthy.
   2. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: October 31, 2019 at 12:29 AM (#5897209)
Agreed
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 31, 2019 at 01:11 AM (#5897225)
Juan Soto hit a MVP-caliber .333/.433/.741, for an 1.178 OPS for the World Series (in his age 20 season!), which was better than Rendon’s .276/.344/.586, .930 OPS, but Rendon’s defense seemed enough to overcome that gap. Might have to take another look to be sure. The Nationals really needed their stars to come through, and they did.
   4. Zach Posted: October 31, 2019 at 01:20 AM (#5897226)
Rendon was pretty clutch. Soto would have been a good choice, too.
   5. Bote Man Posted: October 31, 2019 at 02:45 AM (#5897240)
Would have given it to Rendon, for his superlative defense as well as his hitting, but Strasburg was also worthy.

Agreed, on all counts.

It has been quite rewarding to watch Strasburg make his Spring Training debut in Viera, Florida where at least 300 reporters and fans damn near collapsed the RF stands just to watch him throw long-toss before his first game there.

Then his MLB debut (Strasmas) against the hapless Pirates on 8 June, 2010 when he struck out 14 and walked NONE. I thought that atmosphere was like Game 7 of the World Series at the time.

And of course the sinking feeling when he walked off the mound clutching his throwing arm, headed for Tommy John surgery.

There were frustrating times when if it was raining or conditions weren't perfect it seemed like he would find a way to lose.

Those days are gone. Maybe it was the birth of his first child (as a fluff piece in the Post claimed) or just the natural process of maturing, but Strasburg has become at least as dominant as Max Scherzer on the mound, even without the demonstrative behavior. I had more confidence in his starts this post-season than any other Nationals pitcher. He admitted after his start last night that he was grinding, although you couldn't tell that by me; he looked pretty dominant. So, well done!
   6. Walt Davis Posted: October 31, 2019 at 02:51 AM (#5897242)
Let's not forget Eaton's 320/433/560 with 5 R and 6 RBI. Which is all a bit worse than Soto and fewer RBI than Rendon but MVP-worthy. And Michael Taylor can become the John Paciorek of the WS with his 1-1 with 1 HR.
   7. bbmck Posted: October 31, 2019 at 03:11 AM (#5897246)
29 players have a 1 PA and 1 HR game in the World Series, Chuck Essegian had two of them in 1959. 1953 George Shuba, 1976 Jim Mason, 2005 Geoff Blum, 2007 Bobby Kielty and 2019 Michael Taylor also pull off the 1988 Kirk Gibson one PA and one HR World Series.
   8. McCoy Posted: October 31, 2019 at 06:49 AM (#5897254)
The binder plan worked!
   9. Walt Davis Posted: October 31, 2019 at 07:43 AM (#5897261)
#7: I'm suggesting this might be Taylor's only WS PA in his career (too soon to tell of course). Gibson of course had a big WS in 84 and Shuba appeared in others. But Mason, Blum and Kielty fit the bill although Mason did appear in 3 games.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: October 31, 2019 at 09:05 AM (#5897271)
Let's not forget Eaton's 320/433/560 with 5 R and 6 RBI.


This really shouldn't annoy me like this, but it does. Adam Eaton did not have 6 RBIs. Robles was getting held up on the single up the middle, and only scored because Marisnick kicked the ball away. That's not a 2-RBI hit.

   11. salvomania Posted: October 31, 2019 at 09:28 AM (#5897286)
Nats bench only had 7 PA all series---that seems really low for a 7-game series.

EDIT: Forgot about the two catchers, throw in Suzuki's 11 PA and the total is 18.
   12. The Honorable Ardo Posted: October 31, 2019 at 09:44 AM (#5897292)
Isn't this the real Strasmas?
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:09 AM (#5897359)
The binder plan worked!
Of course it did. When does something important enough to put in a binder ever fail?
   14. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:25 AM (#5897374)
BBREF has all Nationals pictures on their front page. Nice.
   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:35 AM (#5897382)

Good for Strasburg. He's now 6-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 55 career postseason innings. I'm a Mets fan but it would still be great if this was the beginning of Strasburg as the elite pitcher everyone thought he would become a decade ago. He certainly looked like it in the postseason, but his problem has usually been quantity, not quality (this was only his second season of >200 IP).

I remember thinking the same thing about Josh Beckett after the 2003 World Series, but that never came to pass even though Beckett put together a pretty good career including a second WS MVP in 2007.
   16. Blastin Posted: October 31, 2019 at 12:10 PM (#5897415)
including a second WS MVP in 2007.


Mike Lowell was the MVP
   17. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 31, 2019 at 12:21 PM (#5897432)

Mike Lowell was the MVP


You're right, Beckett was the ALCS MVP.
   18. Lars6788 Posted: October 31, 2019 at 02:18 PM (#5897492)
Seems like Strasburg has had more fun in the last month than he has shown in his entire pro career.
   19. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 31, 2019 at 03:18 PM (#5897522)
Not the MVP, but a big tip of the hat to Howie Kendrick. Career-highlighting postseason.
   20. Bote Man Posted: October 31, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5897563)
Seems like Strasburg has had more fun in the last month than he has shown in his entire pro career.

Truth. MANY Nats players have credited Gerardo Parra and Aníbal Sánchez (?? anyway it was some guy).

I gotta say, even if the Nats hadn't won the World Series this has to rank as the most fun baseball season for me. And I'm so old that I remember the Orioles' 1983 season when it seemed that everything went their way even when it shouldn't have. That's how this season felt for the Nats: just some indescribable force that made most of those tiny percentages fall their way instead of the other way. Proof of the existence of the Baseball Gods??

If so, THANK YOU Walter Perry Johnson!
   21. puck Posted: October 31, 2019 at 10:32 PM (#5897619)
Interesting, Soto has 0.42 WPA, Rendon and Kendrick had 0.20. Rendon had all those huge late hits.
   22. asinwreck Posted: October 31, 2019 at 10:54 PM (#5897623)
And I'm so old that I remember the Orioles' 1983 season when it seemed that everything went their way even when it shouldn't have.
Damned ALCS.*

*Said in less bitter voice than I would have had 2005 not happened.
   23. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:11 PM (#5897628)

#21, I think WPA is a silly stat but Soto out-OPS’d Rendon by over 200 points and basically had all the big hits in game 1, which is when he accumulated most of that WPA. Rendon had the big hit in game 6 and Kendrick had the big hit in game 7, from a WPA standpoint.
   24. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: November 01, 2019 at 05:24 AM (#5897657)
That's how this season felt for the Nats: just some indescribable force that made most of those tiny percentages fall their way instead of the other way. Proof of the existence of the Baseball Gods?


Completely- especially because of all the crazy things that did them in in past years.
   25. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: November 01, 2019 at 08:39 AM (#5897665)
Maybe it was the birth of his first child (as a fluff piece in the Post claimed) or just the natural process of maturing, but Strasburg has become at least as dominant as Max Scherzer on the mound,


Surely it was being shut down at the end of the 2012 season.

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