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Let the second-guessing begin

Remember two months ago, when Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 in his major-league debut and everyone was oohing and ahhing about his flawless mechanics and easy motion?

Well, now that he's gone for at least a year to repair a damaged elbow, at least one guy (Don Baylor) is talking about how Strasburg's delivery put undue stress on his arm.

Let me say this about that: When you throw a baseball hard enough to make it go 100 mph, it doesn't really matter what your delivery's like. The torque alone is going to put unbelievable stress on every joint in your arm. And eventually one or more of those joints is, like the tires on a race car at speed, going to blow.

So the only surprise with Strasburg's injury is that it happened as soon as it did.

Ben Smith's blog.