- Stephen Strasburg, 6/8/10 vs. the Pirates: 7.0 IP, 2.57 ERA, 0.57 WHIP (with no walks), 14 Ks. Result: Win
- Brad Lincoln, 6/9/10 vs. the Nationals: 6.0 IP, 7.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 3 Ks. Result: Loss
- Jake Arrieta, 6/10/10 vs. the Yankees: 6.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 6 Ks. Result: Win
A lot of people have been mentioning that Strasburg only faced the Pirates. Arrieta handled the World Series Champion New York Yankees, a pretty insurmountable task for a major league debut. I know the attitude in Baltimore was that he was going to have to face the Yankees eventually; might as well just get it over with.
Strasburg's stats are obviously superior to Arrieta's stats. And despite each pitchers' competition, Strasburg still has the upper hand here. A major league line-up is a major league line-up. If the Pirates can win a major league baseball game, then they should be capable of putting up a good effort against any pitcher. Don't get me wrong, Arrieta put up a valiant effort against MLB's best and getting a win there should give Baltimore more hope than they've had all year, but, based on debuts alone, Strasburg is looking like gold.