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Strasburg will have a chip on his shoulder in 2013, after openly griping about being shut down in 2012.
The Nationals are another team with an unfair amount of star talent, but Stephen Strasburg’s name rises above the rest.
But some of the players who could feasibly be MVP of the Nationals include Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche, Dan Haren, Rafael Soriano, or even Bryce Harper.
Harper had a statistically good rookie year, but he showed off his über-talent in the last month of the season, hitting .330 with 35 hits, 17 extra-base hits, seven home runs, 14 RBI and four stolen bases. Harper is a good dark-horse candidate.
But Strasburg, now without an innings limit, will thrive in 2013.
In only 159.1 innings, Strasburg still managed to a post a 15-6 record with a 3.16 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 197 strikeouts. Strasburg also made the All-Star team, finishing the first half at 9-4 with a 2.28 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 99.0 innings.
The Nationals are World Series contenders with the power pitching and deep lineup they boast. But Strasburg may be the only 24-year-old in baseball where Hall of Fame talk is not too early and out of the question.
Quite simply, he is that good. He will come back hungry after being openly upset over last year’s innings limit.