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No matter how well Jordan ZImmermann pitches, he will never escape the long shadow of Stephen Strasburg.
Zimermann has a lower ERA, more quality starts and a better strikeout-to-walk ratio. But Strasburg has more wins, more strikeouts and a better WHIP.
Zimmermann is having a career season, but Strasburg pitched in his first career All-Star game this year before Zimmermann reached that career milestone.
Zimmermann was drafted in the second round and was a well-regarded prospect. But Strasburg was drafted first overall and was perhaps the most-hyped prospect of all time.
Finally, Zimmermann's recovery from Tommy John surgery has received much less fanfare than Strasburg's recovery from the same surgery, employed to repair an injury that plagues major league pitchers.
Last season, Zimmermann was hearing the same phrases Strasburg is hearing this year: pitch count, innings limit, shut-down date. But no one cared when Zimmermann was dealing with it. With Strasburg, it's a national debate.
It will always be difficult for Zimmermann to receive proper recognition if he is always overshadowed by a pitcher on his own team.