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Columnist: Stephen Strasburg shouldn't strike so many guys out

Jun 16, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

I suppose this was inevitable. When you tire of superlatives to describe Stephen Strasburg’s game, you go contrary and try to find a fault.  And I suppose there are faults to be found, because no pitcher is perfect. But this one from Tom Boswell of the Washington Post seems like a bit of a stretch:

Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are
boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s
more democratic.

OK, that’s me paraphrasing, but that’s basically what he’s saying. Too many of his outs are by strikeout, more strikeouts usually leads to more pitches, and more pitches are bad for the Savior.

I guess I’m having a hard time seeing the problem as long as his pitch counts are monitored and as long as he doesn’t appear to be altering his approach to a given hitter in an effort to simply get more strikeouts for their own sake.  But hey, if they can’t hit the ball, what’s the harm in letting him throw it by them?

And lest we forget, Strasburg’s first two starts came against Cleveland and Pittsburgh.  I have this feeling that his future opponents will manage a little more contact off the kid.

  1. adam - Jun 16, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Yeah, those 14 strikeouts obviously hindered him in his first game. Imagine, without them he could have gone 12 innings!!!

  2. mgflolox - Jun 16, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    It’s a long established and well known fact that high strikeout pitchers have the best chance at a long and successful career. This is just more uninformed “old-skool” BS.

  3. MVD - Jun 17, 2010 at 6:05 AM

    Its not like ground ball outs always, or even consistently, occur within the first three pitches. And, a lot of Stras’s Ks were 3-pitch Ks, not that all of them will be, but its seems kinda dumb to imply that striking out batters is ineffecient. Once its 3-2 and the guy’s fouled off two in a row, does it matter if he pops up or waves at strike 3? Its still an 8 pitch at-bat.

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