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Jun 16

For Strasburg, is it all about his Catcher?

This morning I was going through Stephen Strasburg‘s statistics on baseball-reference.com and I saw some numbers that really surprised me. When you dig deep into his numbers you will notice Strasburg performs much better when Wilson Ramos or Jhonatan  Solano is catching for him compared to when Kurt Suzuki is his catcher.

As you can review the numbers for yourself I did want to point out the strikeout to walk ratio. When pitching to Ramos or Solano in 2013 it is 8.2k’s for every 1.0 walks. When pitching to Suzuki it is 2.0k’s for every 1 walk.

 

2013 G IP ER ERA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Wilson Ramos 4 25 4 1.44 89 10 18 3 0 3 2 1 4 25 0.202 0.26 0.337 0.597
Jhonatan Solano 2 15 4 2.40 52 4 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 16 0.192 0.222 0.231 0.453
Kurt Suzuki 6 34.1 13 3.41 127 15 30 5 0 3 4 1 16 32 0.236 0.324 0.346 0.671
Career G IP ER ERA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Jesus Flores 17 94.1 38 3.63 350 40 84 16 3 11 10 1 31 127 0.240 0.303 0.397 0.7
Sandy Leon 1 7 1 1.29 24 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 0.167 0.167 0.333 0.5
Wil Nieves 1 6 1 1.50 21 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 8 0.143 0.182 0.333 0.515
Wilson Ramos 12 69 12 1.57 248 19 52 7 0 3 5 2 7 64 0.210 0.245 0.274 0.519
Ivan Rodriguez 12 68 21 2.78 250 21 54 9 1 4 2 1 18 94 0.216 0.267 0.308 0.575
Jhonatan Solano 3 21 4 1.71 77 4 16 3 0 0 0 0 2 23 0.208 0.238 0.247 0.484
Kurt Suzuki 11 60.1 26 3.88 226 30 52 10 0 6 6 1 29 59 0.230 0.318 0.354 0.672