Marcus Stroman Is Showing Why He’s A True Jedi On The Mound | He’s Already Conquered The BX

Marcus Stroman Is Showing Why He’s A True Jedi On The Mound | He’s Already Conquered The BX

LOS ANGELES – There is nothing like the spotlight of New York, especially when you’re a showman like Marcus Stroman.

 

The Stro Show is off to a sizzling start in 2024. He’s started three games, including the Yankees home opener, and has a 2.12 ERA. HIs first two starts were simply dominant. He gave up zero earned runs and seven hits on 12 combined innings, with 10 total strikeouts. 

 

 

“He’s been terrific, I mean, he’s right in line with how he’s been really the last couple of months building up, execution’s been excellent. Command, excellent, where he wants to be, the misses he wants, staying off the barrel, big pitches in some spots where he’s had to make one, but really sharp,” manager Aaron Boone had to say on Stroman’s build up from spring training to his first two starts.

 

His third start on April 10th was not as terrific, as he gave up four earned runs in the top of the third inning, after allowing a one out single to score one, and a three-run homerun to cap off the inning. He went five innings that day, and even with that tough third inning, he only gave up one combined hit through the other four innings.

 

“I thought the stuff was good, he had good swing and miss going, but just not as sharp, especially with how sharp he was in the first two,” said Boone after Stroman picked up his first loss of the season. 

 

Marcus Stroman Signed Two-Year Deal For $37 Million 

 

Stroman signed a two-year contract worth $37 million in the offseason with the Yankees. He earned his payday with the Yanks after having arguably his best season in 2023 with the Cubs, which included his second career All-Star appearance, a 3.58 ERA, and the best day on the mound he’s ever had: a one-hit shutout against the Rays on May 29th, which included one walk and eight strikeouts.

 

The Yankees are currently 12-4, which is the best record in all of baseball. They’re doing this without Gerrit Cole, who’s expected to be out until late May to early June with a right elbow injury. With their star pitcher out at least the first third of the season, someone needed to step up and fill that hole. So far, Stroman has been that guy.

 

He has the second most strikeouts out of anyone on the team with 17, and is tied with the lowest WHIP of the starting rotation at 1.06.

 

Even with the Yankees being 12-4 and Stroman being their best pitcher, the team is 1-2 when he’s been on the bump. The Yankees offense has only scored one run in the 17 innings that Stroman has pitched.

 

The season is still very young, so the Yankees offense is bound to pick up when Stroman gets the nod. Yankees fans and management shouldn’t have to worry about their pitcher too much when he’s on the mound, as he’s set a standard for himself these past few seasons where excellence is expected.

 

#HIGHFIVE | These MLBBros Came Out The Gate Running It Up To Open 2024 Season

#HIGHFIVE | These MLBBros Came Out The Gate Running It Up To Open 2024 Season

Mookie Betts was in a class of his own during Opening Week, picking up right where he left off from the 2023 season that saw him finish second in the race for National League MVP.  The most versatile player in the Majors earns the top spot on the inaugural 2024 #HighFive List.

1. Mookie Betts

Betts, who recorded career hit number 1,500 via a home run off of Logan Webb Tuesday night, is off to the best start of his career as he currently leads the Majors in nearly every single offensive category through the first week.

The lights shine brighter in Los Angeles, and this season the expectations have never been higher for a Dodger team that went on a spending spree this off-season after a disappointing playoff run; headlined by their acquisition of Shohei Ohtani.

What makes Betts’ offensive output even more impressive is the fact that he is doing it while being asked to play shortstop for the first time in his career.

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The law of averages will at some point bring Betts down a little closer to Earth, but I believe he is prime to join the rare company of players that have won an MVP award in both Leagues.

 

2. Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman

The New York native looked sharp in his Yankee debut last weekend throwing six innings and allowing no earned runs off four hits with four strikeouts in a win in Houston over a tough Astros lineup.

 

 

Stroman, who signed a two-year $37 million deal over the off-season will make his home debut in the Bronx Friday night when their American League East rival Blue Jays visit for a weekend series.

 

3. Trey Lipscomb

DMV native Trey “Tha Truth” Lipscomb left his mark on the Washington Nationals front office and management during Spring Training as he hit .400 with a .900 OPS, seven RBI and a .540 slugging percentage.

 

After an injury gave him the opportunity to be promoted to the Majors, Lipscomb has made the most of his time through his first week, slashing .357/.400/.571 through 14 at-bats. Lipscomb hit his first career home run last Sunday; an opposite field shot to right off Reds reliever Buck Farmer to break a 3-3 tie in the seventh.

This weekend, he will look to continue his early success when the Phillies visit Nationals Park.

 

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes

 

Pittsburgh is off to one of their best starts in franchise history and 2023 National League Gold Glove third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes has been a major contributor to the success of the Buccos.

Hayes started the season with four consecutive multi-hits games, becoming the first Pirate to accomplish that feat since the legendary Barry Bonds did it in 1988.

 

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Alongside former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen and 2019 World Series hero Michael A. Taylor, Hayes has the Steel City buzzing with the hopes of obtaining the N.L. Central Pennant for the first time in franchise history.

He has both scored and driven in five runs while posting a .333 batting average and an .868 OPS.

 

5. Josh Naylor

In 2023 Josh Naylor was one of the most consistent players offensively in the Majors and that has carried through the first week of 2024. Naylor, who drove in a season-high three runs thanks to two sacrifice flies and a groundout Wednesday against the Mariners, is hitting .318 with a .915 OPS and five RBI.

Last season Naylor collected a career-high 97 RBI.  With a better Guardian offense expected around him this season, including a full year for his brother, catcher Bo Naylor on the roster, “The Impaler” will hit the coveted 100 RBI mark and possibly finish with close to 30 homers.

 

 

Marcus Stroman Declines Opening Day Start | Shortsighted Yankees Fans Are Upset, But Stroman Will Pitch Plenty Of Big Games

Marcus Stroman Declines Opening Day Start | Shortsighted Yankees Fans Are Upset, But Stroman Will Pitch Plenty Of Big Games

When Yankees ace Gerrit Cole went down with right elbow concerns with reports predicting 10-12 weeks on the shelf, the Bro community got excited because the next logical candidate to fill the March 28 Opening Day void in Houston would be veteran hurler Marcus Stroman. 

 

Stroman is built for the big moment and says he came back home to New York to help the Yankees make history. 

 

Marcus Stroman Refuses Opening Day Start 

 

Stroman would probably love the opportunity, but he has a finely-tuned body that must remain on a delicate schedule in order for him to remain healthy and effective throughout the 162-game grind, plus the playoffs. 

 

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Stroman made a business decision. 

 

With all that is at stake with his new two-year $37M dollar deal, Stroman prefers to stay on his current schedule, which has the meticulous righty lined up to pitch March 30 (Game 3 of the Astros series), and the April 5 home opener against the Blue Jays, which of course, he prefers. 

 

Family and friends will be in attendance to see the Medford, L.I. kid toss his first inning on the iconic Yankee Stadium hill. 

 

GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone approached Stroman to gauge his interest for the Opening Day assignment.

 

According to reports, Boone is still holding out hope that Stroman will change his mind, but Stroman isn’t going to start changing routines just because it’s Game 1. 

 

He wasn’t shy about it either. 

 

“I think they thought I was going to be like, ‘Hey, let me get it,’ ” Stroman said of the conversation after a Spring Training outing against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday.

“But like I said, that’s not my nature, man. Doesn’t matter to me.”

 

The way Storman operates is, he locks into a certain mental space and then he’s able to trigger all of the attributes, training and various preparations he puts into gearing up for an MLB season. 

 

Marcus Stroman Doesn’t Want To Break Routine To Cover Cole’s Opening Day Start 

 

Being mentally locked in from the beginning is just as important as how you feel physically. 

 

Stroman failed to make 30 starts in each of his two seasons with the Cubs (25), after leading the league with 33 starts for the New York Mets in 2021.

 

When the Yankees invested in Stroman, they invested in his program for achieving maximum results.

 

Therefore, you can’t knock him for refusing the assignment and setting his boundaries.  

 

Do NOT come asking me to do any wacky stuff. 

 

“People don’t understand how much changing your schedule at this point in the spring — might seem like it’s easy — but every little day matters,” said Stroman, who has pitched in three Opening Days, including last year for the Cubs.

 

Yankees Should Be Thinking Long-Term 

 

This shouldn’t be a big deal to the Yankees organization or Yankees fans. The long-term success of the team and health of the pitching staff in the wake of Cole’s unforeseen misfortunes, is most important. Let another professional starter on your staff have the honor of pitching an Opening Day. It’s a bucket-lister for any MLB pitcher of any talent level. 

 

For Stroman, there will be many more festive games. 

 

Every game will be a must-win game for Yankees starters as they navigate a brutal AL East Division without the Cy Young award winner and best pitcher in the game. 

 

This certainly wasn’t in the plans, after a productive offseason that saw the Bronx Bombers coral Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo and Trent Grisham, to balance out the Yankees’ lineup. 

 

Plus, Storman is in the Bronx to get wins and make headlines. He certainly craves that Opening Day slot at the stadium and barring mother nature impeding, he’s not letting anyone take that opportunity away from him. 

 

Stroman Makes MLBbro History With Second Yankees Home-Opener Start 

 

How many MLBbros have even started an Opening Day for the Yankees? 

 

One to be exact, and his name is CC Sabathia, who started a record six straight Opening Days for the Yankees from the season they signed him in 2009 until 2014. However, only two of those starts came at Yankees Stadium. A 2011 no decision against the Detroit Tigers and a loss to the Boston Red Sox in 2013. 

 

 

Either way, Stroman will be the second Black pitcher to ever tote the rubber for a Yankees season home-opener. 

 

There’s nothing better than that. Stroman is in the perfect position to start his Yankees career with a bang. No need to disrupt the money train, especially with Cole out for a significant amount of time to begin the 2024 campaign.  

3 MLB Teams That Need Marcus Stroman | Stro Show Can Be A Rotation Game-Changer

3 MLB Teams That Need Marcus Stroman | Stro Show Can Be A Rotation Game-Changer

Marcus Stroman is a fiery and elite box office pitcher. A guy that fans come out to see. The nine-year veteran arm is savvy with his use of pitch speeds and locations and he’s not afraid to take the mound in a clutch situation.

 

Stroman has pitched in two of the biggest markets in the country. New York and Chicago. He was successful in stints with both clubs and definitely brought a presence to the mound and an identity to the team. He’s not easily shaking on the mound, and he loves to throw a sinker, which leads to him perennially being among the top three MLB pitchers in groundball percentage. 

 

Just a few of the many attributes that make Stroman a top pitcher in the free agency. 

 

 

Last season Stroman earned his second All-Star appearance since 2019. With a winning 10-9 record, a solid ERA of 3.95 with 119 strikeouts in 2023, along with his track record of success, you’d think Stroman would have suitors in abundance. At one point last season, he was leading the league in ERA and arguably the best pitcher in the entire division. 

 

 

 

Despite the solid season, there are still some concerns about him. Stroman has had a few injuries in the past; a right shoulder, right hip, and rib cage cartilage. These mounting roadblocks have some clubs questioning his ability to compete at an All-Star level.

MLB Team That’s Serious Fit For Marcus Stroman? 

 

Here are a few teams that can use Stroman services, such as the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Baltimore Orioles.

LA Angels 

Let’s look at the Angles that took a big blow with losing Shohei Ohtani to the Dodgers. The Angels need any star power and charisma they can get, and the area could be a great landing spot for Stroman with his history of playing in big markets. At the very least he will raise the visibility of the team’s social media engagement and that’s important as they lose attention with the $700M Man now rocking Dodger Blue.

 

Another reason is that he has a relationship with the GM Perry Minasian. Minasian was a scout when Stroman was a rising star for the Toronto Blue Jays. 

LA Dodgers

When looking at the Los Angeles Dodgers, they have an exciting team with the new addition of Shohei Ohtani in the off season, but Ohtani is not pitching this upcoming season and Clayton Kershaw is a year older and Julio Urias ended his career with the Dodgers with a second potential domestic violence infraction last September.

 

In 2019 he was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and served a 20-game suspension. In addition, future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw is 35 and coming off shoulder surgery, so the rotation still needs shaping, even with the addition of Tyler Glasnow.

 

Despite dealing with some injuries in the past, Stro Show keeps his small frame in immaculate shape so overall, he is a very durable player who’s made more than 25 starts in each of his six seasons for the Blue Jays, Mets, and Cubs.

 

He’s an automatic quality start, and with a lineup featuring three former MVPs behind him, he could have a career year while bringing availability and that is the best ability.

 

All these reasons make the City of Angels a potential landing spot for Stroman.

 

Marcus Stroman Would Be A Great Fit For A Baltimore Orioles Team With The Lowest Total Payroll In MLB

 

Baltimore Orioles

Finally, when looking at the Baltimore Orioles, they won 101 wins last season. Stroman would bring an All-Star presence to the Orioles, who have rising stars on the team but lack a household name, outside of Cedric Mullins. 

 

Stroman would embrace pitching huge games against the Yankees, Red Sox, and Tampa Bays Rays.  Another reason why the Orioles makes sense is that they currently have the lowest total payroll ranking 29th out of 30 teams, with a payroll of $35,985,000 according to MLB team payroll tracker

 

Marcus Stroman Would Be A Great Fit For A Baltimore Orioles Team With The Lowest Total Payroll In MLB

 

Ultimately, the outcome of Stroman’s free agency would have an impact not only on his career but also for the team fortunate enough to secure his services. Stroman is everything that an organization wants in a fiery competitor that is still trying to prove that he hasn’t lost a step.

 

Marcus Stroman Would Be A Great Fit For A Baltimore Orioles Team With The Lowest Total Payroll In MLB

Marcus Stroman Would Be A Great Fit For A Baltimore Orioles Team With The Lowest Total Payroll In MLB

Pitching is the key to success at all levels of baseball, especially in MLB, where elite arms are pivotal to teams with an opportunity to compete for a World Series title against some of the best hitters in the world.

 

Marcus Stroman is one of those elite pitchers still on the free agent market and waiting to be signed by a team. The former Chicago Cubs pitcher is a 2017 Golden Glove recipient and two-time All-Star who has been dealing with the best of them the past two seasons. With Baseball’s Winter Meetings underway (Dec. 3-6) in Tennessee, teams will be moving and shaking and trying to improve for next season. 

 

Stroman is coming off a 2023 season that in his first 16 starts as a pitcher saw post a record of 9-4 with an ERA of 2.28. Despite his success, the Cubs didn’t step up to get a contract done with Stroman, so he opted out of his deal, leaving $21 million on the table. Injuries have been the only concern with Stroman, who has proved to be an adequate workhorse despite some stints on the DL. 

 

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Marcus Stroman A Great Potential Fit In Baltimore 

 

Stroman was willing to bet on himself as this year’s pitching free agency class is considered weaker than in years past. One team that could use a pitcher is the Baltimore Orioles who finished with 101 wins last season, and whose current pitching rotation looks to be made up of a group of unheralded guys: Grayson Rodriguez, Kyle Bradish, John Means, Dean Kremer, and Cole Irvin.

 

Some of the pitchers on the market from their team last year are MLBbros “Black” Jack Flaherty and Mychal Givens, and Jorge Lopez to name a few. Their best starting pitcher from last season, former All-Star Kyle Gibson, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year deal worth $13 million.

 

So why does Stroman make sense for the Baltimore Orioles?

 

There were rumors around the 2023 trade deadline that Stroman would be a great trade piece for the LA Dodgers who lost key arms to injury, age and legal problems.

 

 

However, that never materialized and now Stroman is free to sign with any team he wants.

 

Stroman gives the Orioles needed depth in their pitching department. Outside of Bradish, the Orioles pitching crew leaves a lot to be desired and Stroman can come in immediately and be one of the team’s best pitchers. 

 

Means is a solid starting pitcher but he’s recovering from Tommy John surgery and who knows how effective he will be. Also, losing Gibson who pitched 192 innings for them last season, leaves a big hole that needs to be filled at the top of the rotation. 

 

Besides the rib cartilage fracture, which Stroman suffered on August 16 that kept him sidelined until September 15, Stroman’s been durable enough to help impact the standings.  

 

Stroman fits the Orioles’ style of pitching as he utilizes the ground ball 46% of the time, which he did last season according to Pitcher List. He’s more than just a ground ball pitcher as he’s also capable of using the four-seamer, slider, curveball, and cutter to show his versatility as a pitcher which is what the Orioles desperately need.

 

 

 

Reports say Stroman is looking for a multi-year deal of two to three years totaling around $50-75 million as he embarks on his 10th MLB season.

 

The Orioles currently have the lowest total payroll ($30,111,668) out of all the 30 MLB teams according to MLB team payroll tracker. So, they definitely have a bag to throw Stroman’s way. 

in all of baseball have a projected payroll of just $60 million which should allow them to sign Stroman for what he’s looking for.

 

There will be other teams as well Stroman would fit nicely with from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds, but the Orioles make the most sense due to their need at the position, being in contention, and many available pitches for the two-time All-Star.

 

Wherever Stroman ends up, he will immediately immerse himself in the community and be a great inspiration for kids and the fans.