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Stephen Strasburg needs to receive better run support than Roger Clemens did in 2005.
For Stephen Strasburg to win the MVP, a low ERA will help. But even more important than that is run support.
Roger Clemens proved this point while pitching for the Houston Astros in 2005. Clemens finished the season with a microscopic 1.87 ERA. It was the lowest ERA in Clemens' 24-year career.
But just as microscopic was his run support. That season, Clemens received a run support per game of 3.4, and a run support per innings of 3.0. It was the Rocket's second lowest run support per game and lowest run support per innings of his career.
And it cost him dearly. With little help from his team, Clemens finished third in the NL CY Young voting and 22nd in MVP voting. A better win-loss record would have changed both of those results. With such a dominant ERA, Clemens may have won the MVP.
Stephen Strasburg may not have to worry about this problem. In 2012, the Nationals provided Strasburg with a run support per game of 4.4, and a run support per innings of 4.6. Similar run support in 2013 will ensure a strong win-loss record, thus allowing his other statistical achievements to receive the proper recognition.
NL MVP would be the proper recognition.