Strausberg Not Superman

Okay.  Now I’ve seen Stephen Strausberg pitch a major league game.  And, to be honest, I don’t see what the big deal is.

In Monday’s game against Atlanta, Stausberg looked sharp early on, giving up only a couple of hits in the first five innings of play.  He struck out seven during his outing.  More on that in a minute.  He has a great fastball, throwing it constantly around 97 or 98 miles an hour, a couple of times touching 100.  He has a superior curve ball and a 92 MPH changeup.  He has great stuff.

But, he looks like a rookie to me.  Major league pitchers are oftentimes measured by how well they pitch when things are tough.  Strausberg got into his first bases loaded jam.   Atlanta scored two runs off of him, and two more were charged to him when he left two on base who subsequently scored.  Now, the defense behind him was shaky.  But Strausberg didn’t seem to respond all that well to having the bases loaded. 

The seven strikeouts, to me, are inflated.  During the game, Strausberg got strike calls that Tim Hudson, Atlanta’s starter, did not get.  I know that with the hype surrounding this guy’s entry into Major League Baseball, it’s a good thing for him to put up ridiculous numbers. 

Try this one:  four earned runs in six and one third innings. 

I believe that Stepehen Strausberg has a bright future ahead of him, barring injury.  He has absolutely electric stuff, and will rack up strikeouts for at least the next three months. 

But, he ain’t superman.  Not yet.  If the Atlanta Braves, a team that has already been no-hit this season, can light him up for four runs, he’s got a ways to go before the phenom is ready for Cooperstown. 

Umps?  Yeah.  You guys should treat this kid like a rookie.  He is, after all, a rookie.


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