On Friday night Stephen Strasburg recovered from a rough start to strikeout 13 Red Sox batters in a classic performance at Fenway Park. He set a new career high in innings pitched with 71.0 and sits pretty with a Cy Young-worthy 2.41 ERA. His career ERA now through his first 29 career games is 2.48, thats better than Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, and Clayton Kershaw.
But from all that we have seen in the 23-year-old Strasburgs young career, could it be possible that he is overrated? According to a new Sports Illustrated Players Poll, Strasburg is in fact the ninth most overrated pitcher in the majors. You can find his name along with A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckett, and Joba Chamberlain.
SI Players Polls can be one of the most unique ways to see how professional athletes view their peers. They ask the players to rank anonymously the best players, or in this case those who are mistakenly thought of as the best.
Sometimes the polls can settle a debate such as who is the most feared hitter in the game? But in this case the poll reveals something slightly different, that some MLB players resent Strasburgs success and the attention he receives. If the season ended today he would be a finalist for the NL Cy Young award, it would be hard to argue a pitcher of that caliber is in some way overrated.
Strasburg is the first real head-scratcher on the list of overrated pitchers, but he isnt the only one. Ranking behind the Nats pitcher are other quality arms such as Roy Halladay (13), Aroldis Chapman (14), Cole Hamels (15), Zack Greinke (16). Those are some of the best pitchers in the National League so you know something is up. This goes to show that if you run into some success, not everyone is going to be happy about it.
The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018.
Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.
Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.
The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.
Only the Marlins have had as many.
"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."
"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand."
The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
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While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report.
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:
"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."
"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.
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