Lost in that article is that Verlander's workload his first year may have set him back several years in his development. It really wasn't until 2009 that he became JUSTIN VERLANDER. Thaat was his first 6 WAR season. In 2008, he was 11- 17, with a 4.84 ERA, in 201 innings. His FIPs his first 3 years were 3.99 or higher, and his xFIP ranged from 4.17 to 4.70. By 2008, his velocity on his fastball dropped 1.5 MPH from 2006 and 2 MPH from his 2005. He began to miss bats more and drraw out of zone swings in 2009. Explain to me the jump in performance from 2008 to 2009 before you tell me that we don't have anything to worry about in terms of its impact on Strasburg.
Also, that 2006 team had Jeremy Bonderman as the ace, Verlander #2, and Kenny freakin' Rogers as the third starter, and Nate Robertson as #4. Zach Miner, Mike Maroth, and Wil LeDezma made 32 starts that year. That is a little different than Gio the All Star, JZ, and E-Jax as the top 3 for the playoffs and CMW or Det or Lannan competing for #4.