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Stephen Strasburg's teammates let him down again in loss

Jun 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

After getting stuck with a loss and a no-decision despite allowing one run in each of his previous two starts Stephen Strasburg’s teammates let him down again last night versus the Braves.
The lineup failed to score a run in seven innings, shortstop Ian Desmond committed his 19th error by booting a double play that at least would have kept the score 0-0, and Sean Burnett allowed both inherited runners to score after coming on in relief.
Don’t let the box score fool you. Strasburg was good. His teammates stunk.
He’s now just 2-2 in five starts despite a 2.27 ERA, .216 opponents’ batting average, and 48/7 K/BB ratio in 31.2 innings. And if Desmond makes that play or the Nationals don’t completely implode behind Strasburg after the botched DP his ERA would still be under 2.00.
Strasburg is every bit as amazing as even the most ridiculous hype claimed he would be, but he’s still not good enough to make up for the other 24 guys on a team that has lost nearly two-thirds of their games over the past three seasons.
Finding a way to give him proper offensive, defensive, and bullpen support yet this season is probably asking too much, but hopefully the Nationals can make some major strides this offseason so the early years of Strasburg’s career aren’t littered with losses and no-decisions in games he pitched brilliantly.
With even average support Strasburg could easily be 5-0 with a 1.42 ERA right now.

  1. Riddering - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Strasburg is very talented and he pitched well last night but no pitcher can expect a 100% strand rate. The Nationals’ fielders could have made those plays and aided him in not allowing any of the Braves baserunners to score as the Braves did for Hudson but that just didn’t happen. That’s baseball. Strasburg wasn’t called up to have a spotless W/L record and ERA. He’s with his team to do just what he is doing–pitch well and aid the team in winning.
    Personally, I think what the Dbacks did after Haren’s 8+ quality innings last night was worse than what happened to Strasburg.

  2. Professor Dave - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comparing Strasburg and Greinke will be fun for the next few years, until Greinke goals to jail for aggravated assault on Yuniesky Betancourt.

  3. Jonny5 - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Umm, Aaron. Yes, do you think Stephen didn’t expect this when he signed with the Nats? This is at least expected by anyone who knows what a baseball looks like. Now Roy Halladay has cause for some surprise as he hasn’t gotten very good run support from Philadelphia since he’s started. His record looks no better now, than when he was with the Jays. Ole’ Roy has a 2.29 ERA and 6 losses this season. With the Phills?

  4. tian - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Strasburg is a good pitcher, but the Braves were hitting him hard even on outs, especially in the beginning. He got touched up pretty badly, and lefties were on him in the earlier innings.
    He does have the ability to calm himself down and strike folks out, though. But what the Braves were doing was sitting on his breaking pitch, that he strangely thought he didn’t make enough pitches of. But if I were Strasburg, throw your fastball and your curve. Those two pitches will strike out 90% of the batters you will face.

  5. nps6724 - Jun 29, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    He also got a lot of help from the home-plate ump on a lot of 3rd-strike calls. If anyone saw Johnny Damon get struck out on Saturday vs. the Braves in the 9th inning, there was one of those called on Gregor Blanco last night.

  6. look8me - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    “With even average support Strasburg could easily be 5-0 with a 1.42 ERA right now”
    With even average support Matt Cain could easily be a two time twenty games winner. How about an article on that instead of slobbering over a five game rookie.

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