White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen heaped some heavy praise on Stephen Strasburg after the rookie sensation struck out 10 over seven innings of one-run ball on Friday night (via Elliott Smith of the Daily Herald).
“When you’ve got that kind of arm and you throw pitches for strikes,
obviously you’re going to be a top pitcher no matter what,” Guillen
said. “I think he’s maybe the best pitcher in the NL. Much respect,
because (Roy) Halladay is out there. I’ve never seen the kid from San
Francisco (Tim Lincecum) throw, (Johan) Santana’s out there, but this
kid is legit.”
Hey Ozzie, that Ubaldo Jimenez guy isn’t too bad, either. Still, it’s hard to blame him for getting caught up in the hysteria.
Strasburg has fanned 32 of the 72 batters (44 percent) he has faced in the major leagues and with that, he is already tied for third on the team in strikeouts. Seriously. For the sabermetric set, Strasburg has an xFIP (Expected Fielding Independent Pitching) of 1.44. As Larry David would say, that’s “pretty, pretty, pretty good.”