The Real Deal [Wednesday Morning Quarterback]
Apr 28th, 2010 by Dan

Stephen Strasburg

Pre-Nats Strasburg.

In four Minor League starts, Stephen Strasburg has shown that AA cannot contain him. The Nats don’t want to rush him, but here are some numbers to consider.

Innings pitched: 17.1 (that’s really 17.333, but baseball is strange about inning decimals)
Hits: 7
Strikeouts: 23
WHIP: 0.577 (this is a measure of how many people reach base per inning, so just under 0.6 per inning)
K/BB (Strikeout to Walk): 7.67
Earned Runs: 1

I’ll do the ERA math for you: 0.52. That is insane.

No one realistically thinks that these numbers are going to remain this stellar when he reaches the Bigs, but if they remain close, this guy will be embarrassing MLB-caliber hitters before you know it. I’m not saying that Strasburg needs to go to the MLB right now. I get that Washington is holding him back for money reasons, but shouldn’t they be trying to challenge him just a wee bit more? Shouldn’t he be promoted to AAA already?

Just for fun, Strasburg also has a 0.333 batting average with 2 RBIs and an OPS of 0.833. This guy is just phenomenal.

ORIOLES WIN!: Yesterday’s Scores That Matter [WMQ]
Apr 28th, 2010 by Dan

Domo-kun loves Oriole Part at Camden Yards

Even Domo-kun is happy that the Orioles won

Normally your fourth win, twenty-four games into the season, is nothing to celebrate. When you do it against the Yankees, I think you can take a minute to be proud of notching a ‘W’.

27 April

Yokohama BayStars (0) at Hiroshima Carp (3). Nothing like a shutout to brighten your day. The Carp are sitting on an 11-15-0 record in fourth, just half a game shy of passing the Swallows.

Rakuten Eagles (2) at Softbank Hawks (3). The Eagles really seem to be having trouble with the Hawks. Hopefully they can turn it around tomorrow. Rakuten’s 12-17-0 record puts it in fourth, same as the Carp.

New York Yankees (4) at Baltimore Orioles (5). Despite an error almost derailing the whole thing, I managed to attend the first Orioles home win of the season (against the Yankees, no less!). Absolutely awesome until you realize that they’ve also lost 20. Hopefully this can be a turning point for the season, but they probably won’t beat C.C. Sabathia tomorrow. 4-20 in last.

San Diego Padres (4) at Florida Marlins (1). Sloppy play helped to mar Florida’s chances last night. This takes some of the sting off of the 10-1 loss San Diego suffered last night, but hopefully Nate Robertson puts the Padres in their place tomorrow. The Fish lose second by half a game with their 11-10 record and are now tied for third.

Oakland Athletics (6) at Tampa Bay Rays (8). Not the prettiest win for Wade Davis, but a win is a win. Tampa Bay retains their stranglehold on first with their 15-5 record with a 2.5 game lead on the Yanks.

Washington Nationals (3) at Chicago Cubs (1). I’ve always known Liván Hernández was good, but he’s really coming out as the staff ace until Strasburg shows up. A stellar performance against the Cubs puts the team at 11-10, tied with the Fish for third.

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