Mark Gray remembers 12-year #MLBbro first baseman/outfielder Donn Clendenon, most notable for his bro bashing during the 1969 World Series when he won the WS Most Valuable Player Award by blasting three clutch homers to help lead the team known as the Miracle Mets to a World Championship.
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.
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.
Rob Parker takes us back to the 80s and remembers one of the baddest MLBbros to ever lace up the cleats. Few players in MLB history have captivated the fans like Darryl Strawberry. When he stepped to the plate, everyone stopped, looked and listened. He could give you 30 steals and 30 bombs, he had a rifle in the outfield and was one of the smoothest ballers you’ll ever see.
He recently put together an impressive performance against the Atlanta Braves on July 29th.
Our MLBbro went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Smith started the month seeing the ball really well.
At the start of July, he went on a five-game hitting streak where he hit .444 during that span with three home runs and seven RBI.
There’s no question that this brother can hit and he’s made improvements at the plate since he entered the league.
If you watch Smith play, you will see how patient he is at the plate. He’s the type of hitter that understands the count and knows what he’s trying to do in certain situations.
And he has some pop in that bat of his.
“I hit it on the barrel pretty well,” Smith told the New York Post. “This park is pretty friendly for hitters, so you just have to play your elements.”
Smith went into that at-bat with a game plan and made adjustments from his previous at-bats during that game.
“There’s nowhere to put me and I know he’s just trying to get ahead,” Smith said. “He’s trying to throw his best pitches to get me out. Throughout the first couple innings, he got a lot of soft contact on breaking balls, including I popped one up. That’s just something I took note of and I was just ready to hit.”
“I try to get better with my swing, with my approach, with the pitches I’m swinging at,” Smith said. “If you can simplify the game a little bit and swing at good pitches, then I think you’ll have pretty good numbers at the end of the year. That’s something I didn’t do at the beginning of the year and I’m starting to do — control the strike zone. The ball is starting to carry and leave the yard.”
Smith has adapted to the big leagues well over the last few years and he can become a player that the Mets could end up paying big money for.
He just needs to stay consistent at the plate and continue to let the game come to him.