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  1. Not sure why you’d call his last outing (5.1 innings 6 hits and 4 walks for a near 2.00 whip on the night) “quality.” He was lucky not to give up more runs.

    Fact of the matter is, Stammen is way too inconsistent to be counted on. He’s either great or awful. In 19 starts he has 8 quality starts, and he’s failed to make the 6th inning in 10 starts. His advanced stats might look decent (fip and xFIP) but the nats are giving him fantastic run support (7.76 per 9 when he’s the pitcher of record last time i checked) and they’re only 7-12 in his starts.

    I can count out 8 or 9 guys on our 40 man that are better than him when healthy and who are probably ahead of him on the depth chart for the 2011 rotation. Stasburg, Zimmermann, Marquis, Livan (if we resign him), Maya, Wang (if he ever recovers), Detwiler, Olsen and Lannan.

    Comment by Todd Boss — August 5, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  2. If Stammen could figure out the 1st inning, he would be even better; he’s allowed 19 1st inning runs in 19 games.

    A small nitpick-my blog is called DC Sports Plus, not DC Sports Blog. Thanks for the shout-out, though!

    Comment by Sean Hogan — August 5, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

  3. I like Craig, but he’s so damn inconsistent that you never know when he’ll look like a solid MLB starter and when he’ll look like a AAA cast off.

    Comment by Lintyfresh — August 5, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

  4. “His advanced stats might look decent but…”

    but what? I’m not sure what run support has to do with a pitcher’s ability. His record is just as much a function of leading the majors in leads blown by his bullpen.

    Oh, and leave consistency arguments to Joe Morgan.

    Comment by boss todd — August 5, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  5. Just a quick typo. Zimmerman(n)

    Comment by Lintyfresh — August 5, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

  6. How can you write an article about Craig Stammen and not mention how hot he is? He’s gotta be the hottest pitcher in baseball. He leads the league in HORP for sure.

    Comment by keegs — August 5, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

  7. Good article Joe — glad to see less notable players on less notable teams getting some analysis.

    He can handle the lumber too. In fact, he appears to have a similar skill set to Marquis at a fraction of the cost. As the article points out from the very beginning, he should continue to receive an opportunity to be a back-end, servicable, low cost controlled starter.

    Comment by Big Oil — August 5, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  8. My point was that the Nationals are scoring a TON of runs for him in his starts but are still only 7-12 in his 19 starts. Its ancillary evidence that he’s not a very good pitcher and that he gives up a lot of runs.

    In Livan’s starts the Nats are averaging only 4.9 runs/9 yet he and the team have a winning record.

    Why can’t we talk about his inconsistency? Here’s his game logs for the year: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?n1=stammcr01&t=p&year=2010. Just his first three starts of the year demonstrate exactly what kind of pitcher he has been. 5ip/4ER then 1.33/7ER then 8ip/2ER.

    There’s just no way your team is ever going to win a game when you give up 7 runs in the first inning. And he has these kind of blowup games constantly.

    Comment by Todd Boss — August 5, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  9. I’ve always thought the fact that he can’t seem to make it deep into games would mean a conversion to the bullpen would be in his future when the Nats rotation gets more fleshed out.

    Comment by Jordan — August 5, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  10. There is no such thing as a number five starting pitcher.

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — August 5, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

  11. Control pitchers like Stammen live and die by the defense behind them and the Nats have the leagues worst. Stammen is a quality starter surviving in a worst case senario for his ERA. Give him a break. His FIP is very accurate in that overall he has pitched as an average starter, but has had ineptness behind him with the glove.

    Comment by PhD Brian — August 6, 2010 @ 1:56 am

  12. and the link goes to the real Jordan Zimmerman, who pitched 12 games for the Mariners in 1999.

    Comment by TK — August 6, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

  13. err..i agree with u

    Comment by palmistry — August 17, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

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    Comment by Sophie Vajda — November 4, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

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