Marcus Stroman Battled Injuries Throughout All Of Last Season, Which Is Why His Health Is So Vital Heading Into This Season
The soon to be 28-year-old appeared in his first game of the spring against the New York Yankees on Monday. Marcus Stroman pitched two innings of work in the game before being replaced by Danny Barnes to start the third inning.
Former teammate, Troy Tulowitzki was leading off for the Yankees to start the bottom-half of the first inning. He then smacked Stroman’s sinker that was placed on the outer-half of the plate, over the right field wall for a one to nothing lead.
After facing ten batters in two innings of work, he gave up three hits, two runs, one walk and a lone strikeout. Needless to say, Stroman looked very rusty in his first spring training game of the season. It wasn’t exactly the start Stroman had planned for. But, the important thing was that he was able to pitch and there weren’t any injury concerns after the game.
I hate to use the old cliche here, but the truth is that spring training numbers just don’t mean all that much. Especially for a player who had multiple injury concerns throughout all of last season. Stroman missed the majority of last spring due to fatigue in his shoulder, which also caused him to miss chunks of May and June last season as well.
Those injuries caused Stroman to record his worst season in the majors in his career. Compared to his 2017 season, last season was a complete nightmare for Stroman. He was only able to appear in 19 games, and struggled to a 5.54 ERA and a 1.476 WHIP, along with a 0.2 WAR. Which is a significant drop off from his 2017 season.
Stroman will provide the Blue Jays with a significant amount of value if he can perform similar to his 2017 version. In that season, Stroman produced a record of 13-9 along with an ERA of 3.09, and a WHIP of 1.308. There’s also no hiding the fact that the Blue Jays likely feel that Stroman won’t be a part of their future plans. But, if they have any chance to move him, they will need him to improve vastly off of the 5.54 ERA he posted over 19 games last season.
Despite all the pressure surrounding Stroman, the focus for him will be to start the regular season healthy. A healthy Stroman means that we should get a season similar to the one during the 2017 season. During that same season, Stroman also recorded a WAR of 5.7. Which shows he’s capable of being a valuable player in this league.
The numbers that Stroman recorded last season are a big reason why the Blue Jays were unable to receive a package that would be worth moving on from him. Which is why his health heading into this season is so important. Stroman is very capable of being a quality No.2 pitcher in any team’s starting rotation. But, that brings me back to the point of this whole article, he has to be fully healthy to be that type of player.
If Stroman can begin this season healthy, then that should set him up for a successful start to the season, which will then likely show other teams that he can still perform like he did during the 2017 season. However, that also means that this would provide the Blue Jays with a return that would include enough quality prospects that they would finally be willing to part ways with Stroman.
But, from what Stroman has stated in the past to the media. It sounds like he already knows that a divorce is coming in the near future as well. So, we will likely see him go out and attempt to be the best player he can be, which includes being the healthiest he’s been in his career.
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My name is Thomas Hall. I’m a former graduate of Sheridan College. I’ve been writing for just over 2 years. My most recent writing stint came at The Sporster. I’m also a massive sports fan, obviously baseball and the Blue Jays are No. 1 for me. But, football, basketball and hockey aren’t far behind.