Stephen Strasburg Shouldn’t Make All-Star Team Yet

If you haven’t heard of Washington Nationals pitching phenomenon Stephen Strasburg by now, you must be living under a rock. The 21-year-old right hander has been amazing in his first five games, posting a 2.27 ERA with 48 strikeouts. Regardless, I don’t think he should be placed on the All-Star team just yet.

Strasburg no doubt has All-Star quality stuff, but by the break he will only have pitched around seven games. Is it really fair to send someone to the All-Star Game who wasn’t even a major leaguer the first two months of the season? I don’t think it is. Granted it wasn’t up to Strasburg that he started out in the minors, but he will only have been in the majors for just over a month when the break comes and it doesn’t sit right with me to send him to Anaheim.

Like I said, Strasburg is only 21; it’s not like this will be his one and only shot at reaching the game if he doesn’t go this year. He’s got youth and talent on his side and I just know that he will be sporting an All-Star jersey for years to come, but it just shouldn’t be this year. I’m not saying he doesn’t have the talent to be there — because he does — I just feel like he should have a few more games on his resume before he joins the ranks of the other All-Star players.

As long as he stays healthy and doesn’t go into a sophomore slump next year, I can see Strasburg starting the 2011 All-Star Game. But for this year, let’s leave it to the guys who have been around the bases a little longer.

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I agree. Strasburg is awesome but he doesn’t deserve to be there over guys who have made 10 or more starts than him. There are 12 pitchers in the NL with sub-3.00 ERA who have all made at least 15 starts. Maybe if Strasburg had made 10 more starts his stats wouldn’t be quite as dominant.

  • SpinMax

    send tyler clippard who with never starting a game, has an 8-5 record, 6 blown saves, 16 holds, 2.2era. goofy damn numbers

  • EASportsInDaGame

    First of all, “deserve” has nothing to do with All Star games. It is about votes.

    Blame the Nationals for the fewer number of starts. They saved money by bringing Strasburg up late. However, they did stack the deck for his debut. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and KC in his first four games. Not a bad way to break a rookie in. That right there wouldn’t be “fair” if he only has around seven starts and you’re looking at stats.

  • Alan

    I think he should be in the game. Fans will want to see him–they tune into every start of his. He’s one of the biggest stars in the game right now. Moreover he’s pitched well enough to deserve it.

    Plus, they expanded the roster size so you’d just be blocking some Phillie from making the team like Jose Contreras.