We’re just one day away from the All-Star break, and the aces are taking it easy on this baseball Saturday with just a pair toiling in isolation. They’re pretty solid pitchers, however. Check ’em out!
Aces in Isolation
RHP Marcus Stroman (TOR) versus Houston RHP Mike Fiers
Stroman made more headlines for things he said after pitching last time out than on the mound, leaving after five decent innings against the Yankees and just 79 pitches thrown. Stroman fanned three batters with two walks, allowed just five hits and two earned runs but left due to a blistera��which led him to raise questions about the baseballs afterward. Specifically the seams, as he said he’s never had blister problems before. Nevertheless, the diminutive right-hander has been nails for the Jays this year, posting a 3.42 ERA, 87 strikeouts in 105 innings and just 26 walks. He’s induced at least 10 grounders in seven of his last 10 games, including last time out despite facing just 21 batters (10 grounders). He’ll crop up in some trade rumors for the rest of the month, of course. But he’s not moving without a king’s ransom. We’ll see.
RHP Stephen Strasburg (WAS) versus Atlanta RHP Julio TeherA?n
Strasburg tidily dismissed the Mets last time out with seven shutout innings. The righty allowed just two hits with six strikeouts and three walks in a 3-2 win for the Nationals. Not to mention, a no-decision for the righty. It’s now been back-to-back fairly sturdy starts for Strasburg after a rough patch. Five and six earned runs in two starts over a three-start span had pushed his ERA up past 3.50 for the first time all season. The most impressive thing statistically for Strasburg hasn’t been the ERA (3.28), though. Or even the strikeouts (128 in 109.2 innings). Not even the fact that opposing batters are hitting just .214 against him. At least in our eyes, that is.
To us, the most important thing is that he’s 10th in the NL in innings pitched (109.2). And, should have a shot to crack 200 innings for just the second time in his career. The question has never been the ability, but the durability.