Stephen Strasburg isn’t the best rookie starting pitcher in the National League this season. At least not statistically speaking he isn’t.
At least not yet.
Strasburg has competition from guys like Jaime Garcia, Mat Latos, John Ely, and Mike Leake.
Garcia may get overshadowed by teammates Carpenter and Wainwright, but he’s done well this season. He is 7-4 with a 2.27 ERA, third lowest in the National League behind Jimenez and Johnson.
In his first full season, Latos is 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA through just over 90 innings of work. He also has an impressive 84 strikeouts so far.
Leake is 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA through almost 90 innings this season. He also has 58 strikeouts.
Ely and Strasburg are a toss-up, but I give the slight edge to the Dodgers’ young hurler.
Ely’s numbers are deceiving. His 3-5 record, supported by a 3.86 ERA through less than 70 innings doesn’t seem like much. But consider this: Ely had three rough outings in a row (15 earned runs in 14.2 innings) before getting on track by shutting down the Angels.