‘I’ll Outlast And Be Healthier Than All The High Velocity Guys’|  MLBbros Marcus Stroman & Marcus Semien Are Highly Coveted Free Agents

‘I’ll Outlast And Be Healthier Than All The High Velocity Guys’| MLBbros Marcus Stroman & Marcus Semien Are Highly Coveted Free Agents

This MLB winter will be business as usual, with some high-profile free agents hitting the market and looking for major bags.

There is one wrinkle, as the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement could be an impediment to the free flow of what is being called “the deepest and most talented free agent classes in years.”

Two MLBbros are among the Top 20-rated available free agents are NY Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman and Toronto Blue Jays second baseman  

Marcus Semien (Middle Infielder) 

Semien was discarded and doubted by the Oakland A’s and proceeded to come to Toronto on a “show me” deal, bang 45 homers and set a new record for home runs by a second baseman in a single season. Semien’s .265/.334/.538 (133 OPS+) line and a Wins Above Replacement of more than seven has set him up for a major pay day. 

Without Semien’s ferocious bat to complement Vlad Guerrero Jr.,  Toronto would never have jumped back into the bloodthirsty American League East race. 

Semien, an extremely capable shortstop,  also won the AL Gold Glove at second base, putting his rare versatility on display for the free agent market. Semien will get some major offers. A middle infielder with his power and versatility is a must have for any team with World Series aspirations. Reports say the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers are interested in him.


Marcus Stroman (Starting Pitcher)

The Stro Show was lit at Citifield this season. Stroman’s pitching kept the Mets’ season relevant as the team plummeted from contention, lost ace Jacob Degrom and fielded an enemic offense. 

Stroman keeps fans updated on his free agent possibilities via social media. The 30-year-old, Long Island native, says he’s getting attention from fan bases that he never would have imagined would be pursuing him. 

Fan bases that have criticized his swag and charisma and mound intensity in the past. 

Stroman was consistent all season and used a masterful execution of various pitches to end up as the Mets surprise workhorse, delivering 179 innings with a 3.02 ERA, a 133 ERA+, a career-best 21.7 percent strikeout rate and a 6 percent walk rate —  his best since his rookie year. 

Stroman has to be looking for a contract in the $100M range. He credits his conditioning and intellect with being the difference between him and other harder-throwing free agent starters on the market. 

There are a few other notable MLBbro free agents with great skill sets at their respective positions, who can impact the fortunes of whatever team they sign with. 


Other Notable MLBbro 2021 Free Agents 

Second Baseman 

Josh Harrison 

Dee-Strange Gordon 

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Left Fielders

Tommy Pham 

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Andrew McCutchen 

Andrew McCutchen Is Down For A Minute, But His Bat Is On A High

Jon Jay 

Centerfielder 

Delino DeShields 

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Billy Hamilton 

Ian Desmond 

Cameron Maybin

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Rightfielder

Brian Goodwin

Brian Goodwin’s Iconic Bat Flip Let’s You Know That He’s All About That Action

Dexter Fowler 

Jarrod Dyson 

Jarrod Dyson Adds Speed & Spice To Blue Jays Playoff Push

Designated Hitter 

Khris Davis

Khris Davis Is Black In Business

 

Gold Glove Finalists Announced & It Looks Like Two MLBbros Were Snubbed | Where’s Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker?

Gold Glove Finalists Announced & It Looks Like Two MLBbros Were Snubbed | Where’s Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker?

As the 2021 season nears to a close, that means it’s time for end of season awards.

This is when we found out who the best of the best were in the field. Those webmasters who separated themselves from the rest.

It seems as if two MLBbros were left off the finalists list for the Gold Glove Award.

The National League finalists were: Zach Davies, Max Fried, and Zack Wheeler. Not to throw salt on those pitchers at all, but two of our Bros were deserving of that award.

Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker made web gems on the mound all season long in addition to carrying the New York Mets pitching staff as workhorses.

When the finalists were announced, there were a lot of people on social media who were surprised that neither Stroman or Walker were on that list.

And they have a good reason to be surprised.

 

On the mound they competed and did their best to keep their team in ball games, whether that was striking batters out or making plays on the mound.

Marcus Stroman can make plays on the mound

I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term PFP (Pitching fielding position), just watch Stroman on the mound.

He is very quick off the hill and any ball hit anywhere near the mound, you better believe that Stroman will get to it.

Stroman is no stranger to winning Gold Gloves. When he was playing with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 he won his first and only Gold Glove.

He finished the 2021 season with a .961 fielding percentage and made only two errors in 51 chances. Stroman also had 29 assists and 20 putouts.

Stroman had a higher fielding percentage than Zach Wheeler (.958), let’s not forget that.

Our MLBbro is arguably the best fielding pitcher in all of baseball. The former high school shortstop is certainly the most athletic.

Taijuan Walker also deserved to be a finalist for the Gold Glove Award.

In his first season with the Mets, Walker certainly made a name for himself, earning his first All-Star nod as an important piece in the Mets’ rotation.

This brother was at the top of the list when it came to Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) at seven. Only Dallas Keuchel was ahead of him in that category with 12.

Like his teammate Stroman, Walker finished the season with a .961 fielding percentage and made two errors in 51 chances.

He had a career-high in putouts (16) and assists (33), but apparently his stats weren’t enough to be named a finalist either.

These two players were exciting to watch this season and played their position well. Stroman and Walker are Gold Glove winners in our books.

MLB needs to give us an explanation on this one.

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Marcus Stroman is finishing the season as strong as  he started it back in April. The Black Knight delivered his 23rd start allowing 2 or fewer runs in a Mets win over St.Louis on Tuesday.

What If Toronto Blue Jays Kept MLBbros Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker?

What If Toronto Blue Jays Kept MLBbros Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker?

Heading into Thursday night, the Toronto Blue Jays had won seven games in a row and 10 of their last 11, pulling within a game and a half of the New York Yankees for the second Wild Card berth in the American League.

The Jays have overcome injuries, playing home games in two different countries, and the toughest division in baseball to put themselves in the mix for the playoffs.

Offensively, the Jays have everything.

Vlad Guerrero Jr. is one of the frontrunners in the AL MVP race, Marcus Semien is chasing the single-season record for home runs by a second baseman, and when George Springer has been healthy, he’s been incredibly impactful.

Toronto leads the AL in home runs, slugging percentage and OPS, while ranking in the top five in batting average, on-base percentage, and RBI.

But, they should be seven games better based on their Pythagorean W-L record, which factors in runs scored and runs allowed.

While the Jays have very solid pitching numbers overall, they haven’t gotten great starting pitching. Robbie Ray has been their best, going 11-5 with a 2.60 ERA.

Just imagine where Toronto might be, had they held on to a pair of MLBbros who were just starting to come into their own.

Marcus Stroman and Tai Walker have been holding it down all season in Queens; keeping the New York Mets in contention for the National League East while staff ace Jacob deGrom has battled injuries all season long.

But from 2014-19, Marcus Stroman was a member of the Blue Jays, finishing in the top 10 in AL Cy Young voting in 2017 and making the All-Star team in 2019.

Walker joined Toronto’s staff during 2020’s shortened-season, going 2-1, with a 1.37 ERA in six starts.

Stroman was traded during his All-Star campaign and Walker wasn’t offered a contract last offseason.

The Stro Show could still be headlining in Toronto. Stroman’s 9-12 record hasn’t reflected just how good he’s been for the Mets.

New York has only provided him with an average of 3.78 runs when he takes the hill.

It’s lucky to be that high, considering the Mets have scored two runs or less in 15 of his 29 starts, including one or less 10 times.

Stroman has gotten a total of 14 runs from his offense in his 12 losses.

In contrast, the Blue Jays have scored two runs or less as a team only 20 times all season.

Stroman also still ranks in the top ten in ERA in the National League (2.93) and gives the Mets Gold Glove-caliber defense.

No doubt that he could have picked up a few more wins wearing his old powder blues.

Tai Walker made his first All-Star team this season, as he got off to a 7-3 start, but has struggled during the second half of the season. Walker hasn’t won a game since he beat the Yankees on July 3.

But run support has been an issue for him as well. In 13 of his 25 starts, the Mets have put of three or fewer runs. Just like with Stroman, more often than not, his teammates have given him below average support.

Both Stroman and Walker would likely have better numbers had Toronto held on to them. But they didn’t.

Maybe the Blue Jays have enough to keep pushing and make it back to the playoffs.

However, if they don’t, they can look about 500 miles to the southeast and find what they were missing.

Marcus Stroman Has Been Mr. Consistent For The Mets This Season

Marcus Stroman Has Been Mr. Consistent For The Mets This Season

Marcus Stroman has worked his butt off this season. While his record may not show it, he has put the New York Mets in position to win games all season.

Stroman has been the model of consistency for the Mets. 

 

 

The Mets had big expectations coming into the season, but the season has certainly not gone the way the team envisioned. But Stroman has left it all on the field every time he has touched that mound. The Black Knight has been the ace of the staff in Jacob deGrom’s absence and he recently had another impressive start against one of the top teams in the league. 

On August 22nd, the Mets took on the reigning World Series champions. Stroman was ready for that action and he let everyone know tthat despite his team’s collapse, he’s still on track and about his business. Stoman hurled six innings, striking out six while giving up two earned runs to secure the victory over the Dodgers

Let’s be real here, the Dodgers can flat out hit, but Stroman kept the Mets in a good position to win the game and that’s what they did. Stroman put together another solid performance five days prior to playing the Dodgers. That game was against another top team in the San Francisco Giants.

The Mets lost that game by one run but Stroman was solid that night. He went seven innings giving up three runs and striking out nine. 

 

 

“He’s been outstanding for us,” manager Luis Rojas told the New York Post about Stroman. “He’s pitched like an ace. … He’s been very valuable and he’s been one of the guys to keep us afloat.”

 

 

The Mets have dealt with injuries throughout the season and players have been put in a situation to step up. 

And Stroman has been doing just that.

When he steps on that field, he brings that swag and confidence that you don’t see much of in the game of baseball.

“Just mix, man,” Stroman said on his outing against the Dodgers. “Just being really aggressive. … I thought I had a really great mix.”

Stroman got the support he needed from his team against the Dodgers and he was pleased to see that. 

“It gives me more confidence, just gives me another level to kind of go-to,” Stroman said. “That was awesome to see.”

But that has not always been the case when Stroman is on the mound. On the season he has a 9-12 record with a 2.85 ERA through 18 starts.

 

 

Looking at those numbers, you’ll notice that he has a losing record, but he has a solid ERA. This season, Stroman just hasn’t got that run support on a consistent basis.

There’s no question that Stroman can pitch. The brother is very talented and each pitch he throws is effective.Stroman will be a free-agent after this season and if the Mets don’t re-sign him, teams will be knocking on that door to acquire him.

Our MLBbro is in his seventh season and he’s brought that excitement to the game over the last few years.

He can certainly make an impact on any team he plays for.