benb18a wrote:lastingsgriller wrote:benb18a wrote:
Actually, they'd still be in first place if you take his 3.0 WAR out of the equation.
sure, I bet they would have 3 less wins they had chien-ming wang pitching all year instead of Stephen Strasburg. and if that is the case, why is everybody so up in arms about whether he keeps pitching or not? good point, though.
Lollerskates. My point is, they're 7.5 games up over the WC1 team, and have the best record in the MLB. It's not as if they would have been in fourth place if Stras had sat the first month or two. That's my point.
Not a very good point, though. Trying to go back and re-write history while theoretically removing the most impactful player in the team is an exercise in futility.
He has been extraordinarily consistent. You have no idea how many times the team had negative momentum and his turn came up and swung the teams momentum the other way. Or pushing the teams momentum forward in the midst of a winning run.
You can't really argue the nats decisions thus far, because they made decisions that have put them up 7.5 games at this point.
Unless you are one of those people that think there is no such thing as momentum and it has no impact on a teams record. If that is the case, then you can just go ahead and keep believing that strasburg has only been worth 3 extra wins this year and we'll go our separate ways.