Storen calls Strasburg's stuff "unfair"
Whenever Stephen Strasburg gets around to writing his memoirs, he should totally collaborate with Drew Storen. The reliever has been linked with Strasburg since the two were drafted, and has always been the chattier of the two. Strasburg is getting better at talking about himself, but Storen is still the best at it, and he seems to enjoy constantly being asked about someone else.
Storen was on 106.7 The Fan with Chris Russell and Grant Paulsen not long after Strasburg's most recent start, and he can rave with the best of 'em.
"It's really unfair," Storen said, asked how other pitchers see Strasburg. "That's really kind of the main thing that we talk about. Obviously I was fortunate enough to see him throw in Harrisburg, but what he's doing here is a completely different level. He's really elevated his game, and that's what's scary. Because in Harrisburg, any guy would take half of what he was throwing out there. But now, he's facing new hitters, new situations, and all of the sudden he's elevating his game.
"So that's what's gonna be scary when he does make that D.C. debut; he's probably gonna elevate his game again," Storen continued. "I mean, it's kind of like when you see LeBron do something. You're just kind of like, well, that's LeBron. You just kind of laugh it off. I guess in the bullpen, we're kind of past the shock factor of how'd he do that? You're just kind of like, Oh, that's nice, I'd take half of that. That's kind of the way we look at it."
LeBron, huh. So is Strasburg spoiling us thus far?
"It's LeBron like," Wilbon said on PTI this week. "There's every reason, from what you've seen, to anticipate exactly what Curt Schilling said."
Back to Storen. Russell asked about Strasburg's curve, and whether it has a nickname yet. And this led to more unfair talk.
"We pretty much refer to his whole arsenal as unfair," Storen said. "The fact that he sits upper 90s and will pitch with that is remarkable in itself, and then all of the sudden he's throwing a plus-plus curveball in the zone, out of the zone for swing-and-misses. A lot of people don't talk about his changeup, and seeing that first hand, I would say that's as good or better than his curveball. That's a big equalizer for lefties.
"It's amazing that he can use that changeup so much better at this level. At the Double-A level, he was throwing that changeup so hard that it was actually running into some guys' bats, and so he didn't really use it as much as he does here. Well here, when he's cranking it up, 97, 98, he's throwing a changeup at 88 89, and a lot of the guys in the bullpen are going, 'Huh, that's my fastball right there.' "
Turns out Syracuse manager Trent Jewett was also on the radio this week -- in his case on Sirius XM's MLB Network -- talking about that changeup.
"Boy, for a 21-year old power arm to have the understanding, the feel and the quality changeup that he has, it's just unheard of," Jewett said. "I mean, it has split action at the plate, it's 88 to 90 miles an hour, which normally sounds too firm, but coming off a 97, 98 mile-an-hour fastball....I mean, this changeup is one you just don't see very often."
Speaking of not seeing things very often, who knows how many more starts Strasburg will make in Syracuse. Not too many. Which is why one business-oriented soul is trying to sell two tickets for his next home start for $180. Guaranteed refund if he doesn't actually pitch. If that doesn't work, you could go ahead and get the $6.50 tickets for his actual next start at Rochester.
Also, if you like Strasburg stuff, check out The Post's new Strasburg page. Supposedly it will contain every mention of him that appears on our Web site.
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