Originally posted by DynastyChile:Originally posted by Ninerjohn:Originally posted by DynastyChile:Originally posted by Ninerjohn:Originally posted by DynastyChile:Originally posted by Ninerjohn:Originally posted by TheChozen:
I'll give Strasburg some credit. He's gonna be a stud but don't take anything away from other MLB teams and players. Right now, he's just a small fish in a big pond. He's faced one team with a winning record and got beat. Say what you will about the Nats offense but Tim Hudson pitched awesome too(yeah, he was in the game too.) I just think its too early to carve his bust in Cooperstown yet.
Of course its too early to put him in Cooperstown but there is no doubt in my mind that he is a top 10 pitcher already in the majors. He is going to get beat like every pitcher in history has especially playing with the Nats. The guy he is compared to in this thread barely won more games that he lost.
Here is a good question. How many teams in all of baseball wouldnt trade their #1 Sp for Strasburg? Can you name 3? I cant. 2? I still cant.
That is just simply not true. There are 30 teams in the MLB, the majority has an ace, and the majority of them at this point are better. When he started out this season cracking top 25 pitchers was where he was projected to be, and it looks about right to me once its all said and done.
ESPN just jizzed all over him right when he came out so they could make money and put him on sunday night games ETC, and it worked for a while, but he is gonna have struggles. He is gonna be filthy, but its gonna take some time.
After 5 decisions a 2-2 record w a 2.27 ERA and almost 50K is about right, he probably wont end up that much over .500 because A. he wont have the same control every game B. Big leaguers will start to figure him out a little more and C. he wont get much run support.
You are completley wrong in my opinion if you think that the majority of teams have ace pitchers that are better than Strasburg.
OK.. lets go team for team then:
Giants - Lincecum MAYBE but he sure isnt showing it
Rockies -Ubaldo - ok yes
Dodgers -Kershaw -no although i do like kershaw
Arizona Haren - um.. NO
Padres Latos - no
Brewers - Gallardo -yes by a bit
Cards - Wainwright - yes
Cubs - no one
Astros - no one
Pirates - no one
Reds - no one
Mets Pelfrey .. no and no way for Santana either
Phillies Halliday yes
Marlins Johnson yes
Braves Hansen no
A's no one
Texas no one
Seattle Felix maybe although he hasnt shown it
Angels Weaver - maybe but doubtful
Tigers Verlander - maybe
KC Greinke no
Minn Lirinao no
Cleve no one
NY Sabathia yes
Boston Beckett? no Lester? maybe
TB Price Yes
Balti no one
Toron no one
OK - i may give you 9-10 teams that would think their ace is better right now. MAYBE. However, that wasnt the question. It certainly isnt the majority of the teams.
The question was how many teams wouldnt deal there #1 straight up for Strasburg and I believe it would be 1 or 2 at most.
I think there are only 4 pitchers in baseball that teams might not deal for him:
Listen, I know that I am in the minority on this persepective. I did provide two names, Jim Callis from Baseball America and Keith Law from ESPN that share my beliefs but everyone is entitled to whatever they think. I choose to look at how great this kid will be and how good he already is.
It is kind of like the NBA. John Wall hasnt played a game yet but the vast majority of teams would deal their point guards for him. Why? Because of the potential greatness of the kid.
First of all the basketball analogy is completely irrelevant to the discussion. John Wall is not one of the better prospects to come out in a long time to alot of scouts, the comparison of Wall coming out and Strasburg coming out isn't even close. And I don't want to argue with you over your point, which i clearly mis read from the beginning, because thats not what I'm trying to dispute. Clearly based off potential many managers would trade their ace except for 5-7, but as for this year, he wont be a top 10 pitcher, mark it. Like i said, top 20-25 is not anything to sneeze at and he'd be well on his way to being a top ace for a long time.
He wont be a top 10 pitcher if you simply look at total wins and other categories where the other top pitchers didnt miss 2 months of the season. That is pretty obvious.
Yes you misunderstood my point. My point was that there would be very few teams that wouldnt deal their top pitcher for Strasburg and I really believe that. I also think that right now there would be less than 10 pitchers in all of baseball that I would want on the mound for me. I do believe he is a top 10 pitcher right now although the stats and wins for 2010 certainly will not show that.
As to the John Wall.. it was to make a point. Yes, he isnt the incredible prospect that Strasburg is but the vast majority of NBA teams would still trade almost any player on their roster for a chance to have him on their team for many years. Just like Strasburg.
LOL what? You're putting him on Lebron status right now, he wasn't even the clear cut #1 prospect coming out, a lot of teams would have wanted Turner..
He might not even be the most successful NBA player from his Kentucky team
So you dont think teams would trade almost ( and notice i said ALMOST) anyone from their roster for Wall? Of course most teams would. The Warriors would deal anyone other than Curry for Wall in a heartbeat. Cleveland.. anyone other than LeBron. The Lakers.. anyone other than Kobe and Gasol. Celtics? Anyone other than Rondo. Most teams.. anyone at all. This isnt a hard concept and how is this putting him on the same level as LeBron?
As far as a lot of teams prefering Turner.. well I didnt know you had the ear of all the GMS in the league. That is really interesting. I dont buy it however. But, thats besides the point.
The point is again.... teams do see star players (whether they are Evan Turner or John Wall or any fricking kid from college) and project how great they will be. If they think they are THAT good they will trade current stars for them. If there is potential greatness and the kind of player that can take them to the promised land teams will do some crazy things to get them. Maybe you dont remember trading an entire draft to get Ricky Williams. Maybe you dont remember the Warriors trading Penny Hardaway AND 3 FIRST RD PICKS to get Chris Webber.