A look at Strasburg, a Scribner update and thoughts on Fabiaschi and the Mets
The headlines this season have been a tad harsh to say the least.
"Struggling Strasburg Has 'Ace-Type Stuff' But Isn't An Ace" - CBS Washington DC
"What Is Wrong With Stephen Strasburg?" - WUSA Washington
"Times Are Getting 'Wild' For Strasburg" - Washington Post
The first two months of the season have been a 'struggle' for Stephen Strasburg, who, as you know, is a former Torrington Twister and current member of the Washington Nationals. He is 3-5 as of today and has been picked apart for not pitching like the ace he is supposed to be.
Upon closer look, he is pitching like an ace, and if this is considered 'struggling' for Strasburg, you might as well make him the first ever active player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In 72 1/3 innings, he has a miniscule 2.49 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP to go with 71 strikeouts. His record has been the result of some bad luck and is misleading, as opponents have scored nine unearned runs off of him - more than he allowed all of last season. Washington's defense, led by Ryan Zimmerman at third, has been atrocious to be kind, with them sporting the worst rating in all of baseball.
To suggest Strasburg may not be ace material, or that he has regressed, is reckless. He is only getting better and don't be surprised if he ends up leading the National League in ERA and strikeouts.
I think it's safe to say Strasburg is doing just fine.
Former Shepaug and Torrington P38 star Evan Scribner has been the ultimate team player for the Oakland Athletics this season, pitching long innings out of the bullpen. With that extra work, Scribner has had to bite the bullet, getting sent back twice to Triple A after multiple inning stints to help relieve the A's bullpen. He is currently in the minors pitching for Sacramento.
"It would be at least two or three days before [Scribner] would be able to pitch again, and unfortunately that's just part of that long role," A's manager Bob Melvin said told MLB.com. "That's the way it goes. We've flipped these two a couple times now, and Jesse Chavez gives us that starter-type of length, where you're not afraid to run him out there for four or five innings if something were to happen."
Expect to see Scribner back in the Major Leagues sooner than later.
Speaking of the A's, congrats to former Torrington High School star Mike Fabiaschi, who doubled in the game-winning run off three-time Major League All-Star Roy Oswalt for the A's Double A team, the Midland Rockhounds, last week.
Fabiaschi continues to defy the odds for someone from his draft position (the 38th round) by working endlessly and never giving in when dealt with the daily drama of baseball roster moves. The fact that he is currently in his fourth season of professional baseball and continuing to get better is an inspiring story for all locals players.
I attended the Mets-Yankees game on Monday at Citi Field, which, despite great weather on a holiday, was the lowest attended Subway Series game (32,911) since the series began in 1997.
The Mets have no one to blame but themselves for this. And I'm not even talking about the product they put on the field.
Starting last year, the Mets began an airline-like pricing system for tickets, where the prices go up-and-down on a daily basis off demand. Knowing the ticket "game" I was able to get a somewhat decent price ($34) Monday morning off of StubHub, even though the cheapest ticket on Mets.com was an outrageous $59 tickets before fees.
The people I feel bad for is the average family of four who needs to plan far in advance to make the trip. If they checked Mets.com a month ago, they probably saw the prices, and then made alternate plans for their holiday, thinking the prices were set in stone. This system is not fair for them.
The Mets have been a mess on the field this year. Playing before 8,000 empty seats in one of the biggest profile games they will play in this going-nowhere year may be their lowest moment yet.