Today, two of our MLBbros will take the mound against each other in a NL battle. The Chicago Cubs take on the Washington Nationals. And that means there will be a bro starting on the mound for each team, as Marcus Stroman and Josiah Gray will square off.
This will be an exciting matchup between the two, even though both teams don’t have the best record. You better believe whenever these two make a start, they’re going to do their best to put their team in a position to win the game.
Both pitchers made their last start against the opposing team.
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Stroman pitched on August 9, going five innings, striking out six and giving up four earned runs and Gray threw on the 10th, giving up two earned runs while striking out five.
They both earned a no decision during each game.
Well, today one of these brothers can earn a win and add it to their resume this season. Both of these pitchers have made a name for themselves during their careers, and they have represented well for the MLBbros.
Let’s take a look at how each one has performed this season.
Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs
Stroman is in his eighth season and his first one with the Cubs. Numbers wise, the 2022 season has not been one of his best, but Stroman has still had some impressive outings this year.
Back in May, he was lights out against the Milwaukee Brewers. He threw seven innings of shutout baseball, only allowing two hits while striking out five as he picked up the win. Don’t let the 3-5 record fool you, Stroman can still go out there and control the game from the mound.
He’s done that multiple times throughout his career, especially early on when he got to the big leagues.
Stroman will look to pick up his first win during August and let’s see if he can continue his streak of striking out six or more batters. He’s done so in his last two starts.
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Josiah Gray, Washington Nationals
Gray has not been in the league long, but he’s already showing why he’s a pitcher you need to keep your eyes on.
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Josiah Gray has given Nationals fans a reason to be excited with his last few starts. He has the best chance to provide a win against a talented Braves squad tonight.
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In his second season, he’s shown tremendous improvement on the mound, and you can see that he’s more comfortable and confident too. The 24-year-old is getting a lot of experience early on in his career and that will only help him as his career progresses.
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This year, Gray has owned teams on the mound. Back on July 6 he had one of his best performances of his career against the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw six innings striking out a career-high 11 batters and gave up two runs while he secured the win. Gray could finish the season with double-digit wins, which would be very impressive.
This matchup between Stroman and Gray could be a back-and-forth game as both pitchers could wreak havoc for opposing hitters.