Expectations are a very good thing most of the time. It is possible however for them to reach such heights that not even the best of the best could match them. That was the case with the 2013 season for Stephen Strasburg. There were tons of whispers about him having such a down season for the Washington Nationals but looking at the truth of the season, the only thing that wasn’t great for Strasburg was the run support his boys provided.
His 183 innings with an ERA of 3.00 is easily among the best in all of Major League Baseball. The fact that one or two guys were lower than that in no way should make Strasburg’s season seem like a failure. He only had 9 wins but as stated before, that isn’t his fault. All he can control is what he throws towards the plate and that turned out great for him in 2013 without a doubt.
If the ERA doesn’t impress quite well enough, maybe his 1.04 WHIP or 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings will do the trick? Every good pitcher has ups and downs in his season and the same was true of Strasburg in 2013. He dealt with some nagging injuries as well but look at that performance and you come away with a guy who deserves a ton more credit than he will get for another solid season.
He was an all-star last season but the only real difference between the two seasons is his win total. He had all-star stuff over the course of the season and deserves to be mentioned among the active great players in the game. That lands him at No. 40 on Rant Sports MLB top 50 players of 2013.