New York Mets: Starter Marcus Stroman Deserves a New Deal
In his last start, he went 6.2 innings, giving up only one run and striking out 7 against one of the best teams in the MLB in the San Diego Padres.
Stroman has been a solid No. 2 starter behind ace Jacob deGrom.
Marcus Stroman will be a free agent after this season. So the Mets have a big decision to make with him.
The Mets should re-sign him this offseason and here are various reasons why.
Spicy Season and Career
Stroman is having one of the best seasons of his career in 2021. Once again his ERA is at 2.41 in 12 starts. In his 12 starts, he’s only given up more than 2 runs only three times. Also he’s allowed no earned runs in 4 of his 12 starts as well.
But it’s not just this year. Stroman has been a solid pitcher throughout his career since he burst into the league with the Toronto Blue Jays. In his career, he is currently 56-51 with a 3.66 ERA. He was an All Star once and the ace for the Blue Jays in his time in Canada.
Stroman is 30-years-old and still in his prime. So he should still have several more good years left.
Check Out the Stuff
Stroman has pretty stuff considering he doesn’t throw that hard. He may never crack his fastball in the upper 90s like many pitchers these days are. That may be a good thing for him. His arm will then be less susceptible to injury and he can have a long career.
Stroman relies a lot on movement on his pitches. His fastball hovers in the mid 90s but he also throws a sinker and changeup as well which hovers at different parts of the plate. And when it moves well, it induces ground balls. If he has a good infield defense around him, that will induce a lot of outs.
Because Stroman doesn’t rely too much on hard stuff, he can still go strong even in his mid to late 30s.
All About Attitude and New York
Stroman grew up in Long Island, New York. So he is familiar with the New York spotlights and the fans demands, especially since he was a fan himself.
Sure there has been native New Yorkers who crumbled under the spotlight when playing for their hometown team (Bobby Bonilla). Not Stroman. He’s done fairly well as a Met with his 2021 season so far.
Stroman also has the attitude to go with it. He is emotional and passionate. He is also outspoken and is not intimidated to speak with the always tough New York media. Stroman seems to love the attention as well and his fiery attitude not only bodes well in New York but brings swagger to the Mets clubhouse.
He seems to love the NY spotlight and wants to pitch there beyond this season. And he has already proven that he can pitch there.
Never Enough Pitching
The saying is always true. “You can never have enough pitching”. Even with Jacob deGrom who’s having another Cy Young caliber season, the Mets can always use more. With Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco having yet to pitch this season, Stroman has been a useful fit. With pitchers going through various injuries, adding many arms is always beneficial. Bringing Stroman back will definitely be beneficial to the Mets rotation.
Cheaper Deal for NYM
Unlike someone like Syndergaard, who can still command a large deal because of his hard throwing stuff, Stroman is not a hard thrower himself.
Sure his solid 2021 season raises his demand for a big contract. But because his stuff is not as appealing as other hard throwing pitchers, his ceiling may not look as attractive to other teams compared to hard throwers. So maybe the Mets could re-sign him to a more affordable deal.
If the Mets could bring Stroman back at a reasonable deal, it could perhaps give the team enough to re-sign either Syndergaard or Michael Conforto as well.
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