Strasburg the ace we expected

The powerful right-hander is living up to the hype while getting a lot less of it

Updated: June 14, 2014, 12:29 PM ET
By Justin Havens | ESPN Insider

Stephen StrasburgAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarStephen Strasburg is leading the National League in FIP and strikeouts per nine innings.
It's amazing to consider the thought that Stephen Strasburg, at 25 years old, is already "old news." But whereas his starts were once treated as events, big strikeout totals and dominant performances are now seemingly just expected.

But it's time to stop taking Strasburg for granted because, although he might not be the media sensation he was when he debuted in 2010, here's the truth: He's better now than he's ever been. How? He's going deeper into games; he's neutralizing left-handed batters; and, in direct relation to that, his changeup has developed into a legitimate weapon.

In other words, he has become the ace we expected him to be.