Stephen Strasburg is perhaps the only player in all of Major League Baseball who has an argument of being the most dominant pitcher this postseason besides Cole.
In 22 innings spread across three starts and a relief appearance, Strasburg has a 1.64 ERA and 33 strikeouts. While that might not be Cole-level pitching, it’s about as close as we’ve seen a pitcher get this postseason.
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What has been very impressive from Strasburg is the pitchers he has outdueled. In the Wild Card game, he practically out pitched the entire Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen. In NLDS Game 2, Strasburg beat Clayton Kershaw. The the deciding Game 5, he was able to keep the Nationals in the game long enough to deliver the loss to Walker Buehler and the Dodgers.
Then, in the third game of the NLCS, Strasburg dominated against the Cardinals despite being opposed by Jack Flaherty, who was the best pitcher in the entire MLB after the All Star break.
One thing has become clear: Stephen Strasburg is one of the marquee starters in the MLB, and the Angels will have to pay him like one to acquire his services this winter.