Nationals hated for Strasburg shutdown

Suddenly, everyone in baseball hates the Nationals. Wait, what?

10/11/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Sep 12, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) in the dugout during the eighth inning against the New York Mets  at Citi Field.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIREThroughout the season, the Nationals were one of the feel-good stories in baseball. They were having success for the first time since the franchise moved from Montreal to DC, and they have a very likable group of young stars, including Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.

Now, they've become one of the most hated teams in baseball, at least among the other front offices in baseball.

Why exactly is everyone hating on this team? The answer is simple, really. They're sitting Stephen Strasburg.

That's not the complete reason, but it's a huge part of it. GM Mike Rizzo has been pretty cocky about the Nationals' playoff chances in the future, saying that they're making the right choice by sitting Strasburg, since they'll win the NL East plenty more times in the next few years.

"We'll be back and doing this a couple more times."

That obviously didn't sit well with other GMs around the league, whose goal is for THEIR team to victory, not sitting back and watching the Nationals make the playoffs every year.

Right now, it looks like the decision to sit Strasburg was the wrong one. They're down 2-1 to the Cardinals, and gave up 20 runs in their two losses. Strasburg probably wouldn't have helped them win game 3, since their offense got shut out, but it doesn't take a math wiz to tell you that giving up 10 runs per game won't get you many wins.

Even one of the Nationals' players has spoken out, saying that they would have taken a 2-0 series lead if Strasburg was on the postseason roster.

People don't like a cocky attitude, and they don't like when it looks like someone isn't doing everything they can possibly do to win.

It's hard to say that the Nationals are truly doing everything they can possibly do to win, when they're having arguably their best pitcher sit out the entire playoffs.

We may never know for sure whether or not Rizzo's decision is the right one. But regardless, it might never sit well with everyone.
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10/13/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19862 respect

(Edited by Jeff_P)

WONDER IF THE NATS MISS STRASBURG NOW............DID THEM ALOT OF GOOD WITH HIM SITTING IN THE DUGOUT................well at least he was keeping the other pitchers PITCH COUNT for DAVEY......lmao............

10/12/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Eric_ wrote:
As I've said before, the innings limit existed for a reason (a 120 inning increase for a pitcher is a lot). The problem was their unwillingness to adapt to the situation (although that has risks too), and yeah, Rizzo being an arroagant ass about it. That said, there is no guarantee Strasburg would have anything left in the tank at this point anyway. His second ERA was 3.73, almost a run higher than the first half. His strikeout rate was done, and is walk rate was up. In the end, of course, we will never know, but everyone really needs to stop acting like it's a guarantee.

Also, in this series so far, the bullpen has been worse than the rotation for the Nats. Plus, they're something like 3-for-34 with RISP this series. Their hitting hasn't been good enough to make the pitching situation matter as much.

What about the fact that he has already had a solid month worth of rest. Would it really kill him to have him start 3-4 games in the playoffs?

And yes, I agree that the bats need to step up, but also, maybe a guy like Detwiler could be used out of the pen if Strasburg were in the rotation. One extra good arm has the tendency to work wonders for an ailing bullpen.

10/11/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

As I've said before, the innings limit existed for a reason (a 120 inning increase for a pitcher is a lot). The problem was their unwillingness to adapt to the situation (although that has risks too), and yeah, Rizzo being an arroagant ass about it. That said, there is no guarantee Strasburg would have anything left in the tank at this point anyway. His second ERA was 3.73, almost a run higher than the first half. His strikeout rate was done, and is walk rate was up. In the end, of course, we will never know, but everyone really needs to stop acting like it's a guarantee.

Also, in this series so far, the bullpen has been worse than the rotation for the Nats. Plus, they're something like 3-for-34 with RISP this series. Their hitting hasn't been good enough to make the pitching situation matter as much.

10/11/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25129 respect

I agree that it's the arrogance of Rizzo that has lead to a lot of the contempt from a lot of fans and people inside baseball. 
It sucks to see Strasburg on the bench because you know he wants to be out there, his teammates want him to be out there, and a lot of guys can tell you that just because you think you have a young core of talent that will make you a perennial playoff participant, that's just not always the case. 

10/11/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19862 respect

tell me......HOW IN THE HELL you SIT YOUR BEST PITCHER FOR THE ENTIRE POST SEASON............STUPID STUPID STUPID...............he is a PITCHER AND PITCHERS PITCH...........duuuuuuuuuuuh............he HAD NOOOOOOOOOO TROUBLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR......sooooooooooo he should be PITCHING.........