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.