Post by James Dunne on Oct 29, 2019 21:55:03 GMT -5
So replay is a better system than having none - a call like the Trea Turner play in the first, which is very, very close, got overturned. But something like this, where judgment is more important than "accuracy," I feel like the old thing where umpires would convene and get their act together would've gotten this right like they did with A-Rod/Arroyo in '04.
Strasburg is a postseason stud, at least inasmuch as that exists.
In this game, he finally reached the potential that stupid people put on him from the time he was 14 years old.
I guess they were right in the end, but it's just too much pressure to live up to.
Well, in fairness he was kind of a butterball as a college freshman and only pitched out of the ‘pen. The buzz started at 19 and then, yeah, his junior year he got the “best pitching prospect ever” label, which was so unfair. Didn’t help he whiffed 14 his first game. But yeah, it’s essentially impossible to live up to that hype. He’d have to have become RJ or Pedro or Kershaw. Who knows? He might still have a run of dominance in him like Scherzer has. I hope so.
I DO know I’m a big fan, especially after this game. I detest the Houston organization (even if I like a number of players, Bregman most certainly NOT one of them). And I really like Washington, especially the starters, Turner, Rendon, Soto (now that he’s toned down the jimmytugging)...what a treat it would be to see them win, and do so by winning 4 games in Houston.