Free Agent Target: Marcus Stroman

Consistent, Durable, Energetic, Doesn’t rely on high velo and had success in New York. That’s Marcus Stroman. The 30 year old righty is coming of a great year as a Met as he (like Gausman), made the most off his QO and is now set to get a multi year deal in free agency.

In 2021, Stro made all of his starts (33) with great consistency. Something no other Mets starter was able to do. He was a rock in the Mets rotation after New York lost their ace in Jacob deGrom. It wasn’t Stro that cost the Mets their first place spot, as he gave the Mets quality innings in most of his starts.

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Stroman had the ninth best ERA in 2021, pitching to a 3.02 ERA over 179 innings. In that span he pitched to a 3.49 FIP and 1.14 WHIP. For a pitcher that pitches to contact, a 1.14 WHIP is very solid. Best part of Stroman’s game? Keeping the ball in the ballpark. Stroman had the 6th best HR’s allowed per nine rate at 0.85 HR/9. He was also 10th in the majors in ERA plus at 133, which shows how good his 2021 was.

But it’s not just the 2021 season with Stroman. In comparison to Gausman, Stroman has had consistent success for years. Over his career he owns a 3.69 ERA, 3.62 FIP and a 1.26 FIP. His formula to success with a 7.5 K/9 is pitching to contact and keeping the ball in the yard. Him being a terrific athlete himself, helps too.

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So how does Stroman find success? He doesn’t rely on strikeouts and doesn’t rely on high velo. Different pitches with different movement is the way to go for Stro.

Stroman uses 6 different pitches, mostly relying on 4 (Sinker, Cutter, Slider and Splitter). He uses a four seamer up in the zone to surprise a batter at times and sneaks in a curve once in a while, but those pitches combined for just 3.3% of the pitches thrown.

So let’s get more into his main arsenal of pitches. Stroman throws his sinker the most, trying to get ground balls with it. His Sinker gets 3 inches of drop, which he mostly throws down in the zone. With the sinker he features a slider, which gets solid horizontal movement (4.2 inches), which moves the other way. The slider mostly ends up down and away to righties, while his sinker ends up mostly down and in. He throws these two pitches for a combined 65.1% of the time and works very well together.

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With the Sinker and Slider, Stroman also features a Cutter and Splitter. His Splitter is a new pitch and he mostly throws in down and in (below the zone) to right hand side, while he throws his cutter to the outside part of the plate. His Splitter gets him a high ground ball percentage, which might become a bigger part of his arsenal in years to come.

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It’s beautiful to see how he locates and uses the movement on his pitches for the best. Below is a great look at Pitching Ninja overlay on his Sinker/Slider/Splitter, which shows why he is successful.

People might look at his Baseball Savant page and get scared? Yes Stroman allows some hard hit contact and doesn’t fan a lot of hitters, but that’s how he had found success for years. Another plus is that Stroman doesn’t rely on velo, so if he loses some with age, he should still be solid. Movement is what makes Stro great.

Stroman will get paid, probably in the Wheeler range and he deserves everything he gets. He is a durable, consistent bet on the market with consistent success for years. To me, him or Gausman are the pitchers to go after, with them not costing the 14th overall pick. Personally I would be very pleased if the StroShow stays in Queens.

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Sunday’s Pitching Preview (8/1)

The 55-48 New York Mets will play the last game of a three-game set against the 55-50 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets have split the series till now and look to take the rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets plan to send veteran right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound, making his 22nd appearance of the year. The Medford, New York native is 7-9 and owns a 2.63 ERA while having struck out 97 batters in 116.1 innings pitched.

In his last outing, Stroman pitched five innings and gave up two runs while allowing eight hits and a walk in a losing effort against the Braves.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 25-year old rookie right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez on the mound. In his last start, Gutierrez earned a victory against the Cubs as he tossed 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits as well as walking three.

Gutierrez, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.75 ERA while owning a 5-3 record. The Havana, Cuba native has also struck out 42 batters in 60.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Mets to acquire Rich Hill

The New York Mets are finalizing a deal to acquire Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal is said to be done and is pending a physical.

In 19 starts, the left-hander is 6-4 with an ERA of 3.87 while having struck out 91 batters in 95.1 innings pitched. Hill will likely be slotted behind Marcus Stroman as the teams number two pitcher until Jacob deGrom returns, and then likely pushed to the number three starter.

In his career, Hill is 73-48 with an ERA of 3.80 in 1071.1 innings pitched.

In return, the Mets will send the Rays pitcher Tommy Hunter and catcher Matt Dyer.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets shut Reds outs

The Mets needed one thing in particular from Marcus Stroman, and it was to eat innings on Wednesday afternoon at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The right-hander did exactly that, and gave the bullpen a well-deserved rest after pitching eight innings.

The Long Island, New York native gave up just one in his outing while yielding just one walk as well. Stroman did also strike out seven and has now lowered his ERA to 2.59 after picking up his seventh victory.

Jonathan Villar popped his 10th home run of the year, a solo shot that came in the second inning. Villar finished the afternoon going 1-4 and currently owns a .230 batting average.

In the top of the third, Dom Smith lofted an opposite field grand slam to put the Mets up 5-0. The home run came off of starter Jeff Hoffman, who’s no stranger to giving up the long ball whether it be with his time with the Rockies or the Reds.

Besides hitting his 11th home run of the year, Smith also singled giving him a multi-hit game, bringing his slash line up to .257/.327.410/.737 after 300 at-bats.

Luis Guillorme pushed the game up to 7-0 when he hit a home run in the fifth inning off of reliever Tony Santillan. The home run counts as Guillorme’s 1st home run of the season, and just the 2nd of his career.

Jeurys Familia relieved Stroman in the ninth with a perfect inning that included striking out the side. Familia now has a 3.56 ERA after making his 31th appearance of the campaign.

The Mets are now at 50 wins on the year and will host the 48-44 Toronto Blue Jays on Friday evening. The Mets will have Tyler Megill on the hill as he takes on Long Island, New York product and former Met Steven Matz.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 7/21

The 49-43 New York Mets will play the last of a three-game set against the 49-46 Cincinnati Reds. After splitting the first two games, the Mets look to take the rubber match against this scrappy Cincinnati club.

This afternoon’s contest will feature Long Island native Marcus Stroman on the hill. Stroman owns a 6-8 record and has pitched to a 2.79 ERA in 103.1 innings. In his last seven however, he’s struggled a bit as he’s been pitching to a 3.62 ERA with a 1-2 record during that stretch.

Stroman picked up the loss in his last out but did pitch well. The right-hander tossed five innings while giving up two runs on on eight hits against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 23-year old, Latham, New York local Jeff Hoffman on the mound, a former first round pick (9th Overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 draft. In his last start, Anderson pitched 1.1 innings while giving up two runs on five walks and two hits in a loss against the Washington Nationals.

Hoffman, so far is having an mediocre season, pitching to a 4.61 ERA while owning a 3-4 record. The right-hander has also struck out 39 batters in 41.0 innings pitched, so far this season. In his career, Hoffman owns a 13-20 record to go alongside a 6.13 ERA in 78 games.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on MLB Network.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets sunk by Pirates

While I was thinking (or hoping) that the Mets offense would be fresh after the All-Star break, evidently, I was wrong as the Mets would only put a single run on the board.

The team was clearly patient at the plate as they worked out eight walks against Pittsburgh Pirates pitching, five alone off of starter Chad Kuhl. However, they weren’t able to drive in the runners needed as the Mets left a total on nine players on the bags.

Francisco Lindor would end up leaving the game in the fourth inning after clutching for his side during an at-bat.

Once again, Stroman pitched well while only surrendering two runs on eight hits. The righty only pitched five innings, struck out three, and walked none in Friday’s contest.

After making his 19th appearance of the season, Stroman now has a sub-three ERA sitting at 2.79 in 103.1 innings pitched.

The Mets sole run came off of a Jonathan Villar ground out, plating across first baseman Pete Alonso in the 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

The Mets SHOULD be able to snap out of it on Saturday as they face Wil Crowe, a 26-year old righty with an ERA of 6.05 in 55.0 innings pitched so far. Tylor Megill will be on the hill for the 7:05 PM start.

MetsJunkies Recap: Doubleheader split, Mets take series against Yankees

No Jacob deGrom? No problem. Ok, not really, however in a series in which the two-time Cy Young award winner didn’t pitch, the Mets were still able to come out victorious.

The first game of the doubleheader featured another high scoring contest, as both Pete Alonso and Dom Smith went yard.

Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, and Luis Guillorme all had a multi-hit game.

Marcus Stroman hit the mound and threw five innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits. The right hander unfortunately did not pitch well enough for the win, however the Mets’ offense was more than capable as the team won 10-5 over the Yankees.

Corey Oswalt would make his third appearance of the season in the second game but would only pitch four innings. Oswalt ended up giving up three runs on four hits while striking out four in the 2-4 loss

Pete Alonso homered for the second time of the day as he lined a two-run shot over the right field fence. The home run would come in the fourth inning and plate across Dom Smith as the team’s only runs.

The Mets will host the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday evening with Tylor Megill taking the mound against righty Brandon Woodruff.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets split Doubleheader with Braves

The Braves and Mets set up shop for two games on Monday and the teams split the doubleheader. The first game of the day featured Jacob deGrom and of course, he did Jacob deGrom like things.

The Mets’ ace hit the mound and threw five innings of shutout baseball while striking out six batters. In the process, deGrom was able to lower his already minuscule ERA to 0.50 while also improving his record to 7-2.

Dom Smith plated across three runs in the 5th with a sharply hit double off of left-hander Sean Newcomb. The extra base hit put deGrom in a good situation with the Mets up 4-0.

Seth Lugo entered in the 6th and gave up two runs on a Ozzie Albies home run. Lugo’s ERA now sits at a still very respectable 2.89 after the appearance.

Edwin Diaz did however come into the game in the 7th and shut down the Braves, earning his 15th save of the season.

The Mets would end up dropping the second game to the Braves as they were shut out in a 1-0 loss.

Jerad Eickhoff made his Mets debut as the right-hander pitched four scoreless innings while striking out three. The former Philadelphia Philly may have pitched well enough to get another nod at some point down the line.

Miguel Castro would be the Mets pitcher of record as he gave up a bullet of a line drive home run to Ronald Acuna, over a leaping Kevin Pillar in center. Even though Castro picked up the loss, he owns a 3.03 ERA and has been a reliable arm.

Both Sean Reid-Foley and Trevor May pitched a scoreless inning, combining for three strikeouts.

Tomorrow’s contest will feature a matchup of Charlie Morton versus Marcus Stroman.

MetsJunkies Recap: Stroman Great as Mets get Shutout

The Mets got some encouraging news before the game, as their in no structural damage in Jacob deGrom his shoulder. The Mets will take it day to day, to judge if he is good to go for his next start.

That’s the main good news of the day as the Mets weren’t able to sweep the Cubs. Stroman was amazing but the first inning two run homerun he allowed was enough to beat him.

The Mets offense got silenced by Kyle Hendricks and the rested late inning relief trio from the Cubs. The Mets collected just 2 hits and 2 walks in the shutout loss. McKinney and Villar both doubled.

Stroman was great over 7 innings of 2 run ball. The righty allowed just 4 hits and one walk, while striking out 8. His season ERA creeped up a bit to 2.35.

Jeurys Familia and Trevor May pitched well in their innings. Familia worked around a Lindor error and May pitched a perfect frame in the ninth. With all the games coming up, the pen will be heavily relied upon and seeing both bounce back is huge.

The Mets defense made some great plays behind the pitching staff. Pillar went back on a Joc Pederson fly ball to leap and make the catch just in front of the wall in dead center.

In the seventh Pete Alonso made a great diving stop to end the top of the inning. (Look at Stro his reaction)

The Mets will start a three day, 4 game series in Washington with Joey Lucchesi getting the start in the opening game tomorrow.

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MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom gets Holy against the Friars

After losing the first two games to the Padres at PetCo Park in San Diego, deGrom was able to lead the Mets to victory for the first time since being in Arizona.

Jacob deGrom as usual, was masterful on the mound. The DeLand, Florida native went seven innings while giving up just three hits while striking out 11 batters. The right-hander was also able to pick up his fifth win of the year while lowering his ERA to 0.62 after his tenth appearance.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Jose Peraza got a pitch he was able to handle, taking Joe Musgrove deep. The home run put the Mets 1-0, against the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher.

Francisco Lindor would go ahead and hit the second home run in the inning, a line drive bullet, just a couple of at-bats after Peraza. Lindor’s fifth home run would come off of a hanging breaking ball up in the zone.

After a pair of hits to start the sixth, Jonathan Villar would come off the bench in a pinch-hit situation and line an RBI single up the middle. This was a great sign from Villar, who was recently dealing with some hamstring issues that was keeping him out of the starting lineup.

With two runners on in the ninth with just one out, Kevin Pillar dropped a single in right field that would push across Francisco Lindor. The single would give the Mets the 4-0 lead.

Relievers Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz both pitched a scoreless inning a piece, solidifying the back end of the team’s bullpen while securing the Mets’ 28th victory of the 2021 campaign.

Tomorrow’s contest will be scheduled for 4:10 PM as Marcus Stroman goes head to head with Mets’ rival Chris Paddack.