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Baseball has reached the quarter pole mark of the season and with Memorial day on the horizon the time has come to reevaluate your team. This week I would like to do a quick pitch examination of two very interesting starting pitchers.

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals

This is one of the games most polarizing pitchers and with great expectations comes great responsibility.

My motto for the 2015 season going forward is embrace the “suck”. Let me translate so we are clear, I do not think Strasburg sucks, but that’s the perception right now and last week on SiriusXM with Dr.Roto I recommended him as the perfect buy-low candidate, if you believe that exists.

Unless you know Strasburg is injured, I would be buying this depressed stock.

If you drafted Strasburg or paid his premium auction price, what is the prudent course of action? I would not trade him when his value is at rock bottom.

Is he frustrating to watch, yes and his antics on the mound resemble immaturity, I stated in the 2015 Starting Pitcher Index that mound presence was the obstacle he needed to overcome, but this is still a talented pitcher with upside few possess.

  • 2o12  159.1 IP  3.16 ERA   2.82 FIP  2.81 xFIP  30.2 K%  22.8 K-BB%
  • 2013  183.0 IP  3.00 ERA  3.21 FIP  3.15 xFIP  26.1 K%  18.5 K-BB%
  • 2014  215.0 IP  3.14 ERA  2.94 FIP  2.56 xFIP  27.9 K%  22.9 K-BB%
  • 2015  40.2 IP  5.98 ERA  3.47 FIP  3.66 xFIP  21.9 K%  15.6 K-BB%

Something to think about, Strasburg’s stats last season from May 19th 2014 on:

  • 25 GS  160.2 IP  3.02 ERA  3.13 FIP  2.63 xFIP  27.1 K%  22.7 K%

I believe in the talent and going to war with him is still probably your best option. Practicng patience with pitchers is excruciating but often the judicious diagnosis.

Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox

The lanky lefty from the South Side of Chicago had many owners very nervous, but those fears have been calmed after his last two starts resembled vintage Chris Sale.

The Spring Training foot injury all but wiped out his preseason and it’s possible he is now finally rounding into form.

On Monday night he and Corey Kluber dueled in a 1-1 battle at US Cellular Field that was decided in extra innings.

I may be biased when it comes to Sale, but I would buy high on this talent.

I have highlighted this trend at but let’s take another look here.

  • 2012  FB 60.1% (91.6)  SL 26.2% (78.6)  CH 13.7% (82.1)
  • 2013  FB 51.4% (93.1)  SL 29.6% (78.5)  CH 19.0% (82.8)
  • 2014  FB 52.9% (93.8)  SL 18.4% (79.8)  CH 28.6% (84.7)
  • 2015  FB 60.0% (93.8)  SL 10.2% (80.5)  CH 29.8% (85.4)

The fastball usage has returned to 2012 levels, his first season as a starting pitcher. The slider continues it steep decline and the rise of his changeup is no fluke. One would presume the devastating slider he possess is just too taxing on his arm and this is the evolution of a pitcher.

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Here is this week’s top 50 Starting Pitchers and for the full list of pitchers visit and checkout the “In-Season Starting Pitcher Index.”

May 19, 2015

  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Felix Hernnadez
  3. Max Scherzer
  4. Matt Harvey
  5. Johnny Cueto
  6. Chris Sale
  7. Madison Bumgarner
  8. Zack Greinke
  9. Corey Kluber
  10. David Price
  11. Stephen Strasburg
  12. Cole Hamels
  13. Gerrit Cole
  14. Jake Arrieta
  15. Sonny Gray
  16. Jon Lester
  17. Jordan Zimmermann
  18. Garrett Richards
  19. Chris Archer
  20. Michael Pineda
  21. Michael Wacha
  22. Carlos Carrasco
  23. Jacob deGrom
  24. Andrew Cashner
  25. James Shields
  26. Lance Lynn
  27. Francisco Liriano
  28. Gio Gonzalez
  29. Tyson Ross
  30. Jeff Samardzija
  31. Jake Odorizzi
  32. Julio Teheran
  33. Dallas Keuchel
  34. Collin McHugh
  35. Danny Salazar
  36. Alex Wood
  37. Shelby Miller
  38. AJ Burnett
  39. Jason Hammel
  40. Anibal Sanchez
  41. Ian Kennedy
  42. Scott Kazmir
  43. Jose Fernandez
  44. Masahiro Tanaka
  45. Jose Quintana
  46. John Lackey
  47. James Paxton
  48. Drew Hutchison
  49. Trevor Bauer
  50. Yordano Ventura

*Best of luck in the confidence game that is starting pitching.

Which players do you think we should move up — or down — in these Starting Pitcher Rankings?

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