Mets: Marcus Stroman is showing his most dominant version

Andres Chavez
New York Yankees, New York Mets, Marcus Stroman
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have gotten excellent performances from most of the members of their starting rotation. Jacob deGrom is, as usual, leading the way, but David Peterson and Marcus Stroman have also stepped up and delivered masterpieces.

Stroman, in particular, has been extremely impressive. On the weekend, he had yet another excellent start, dominating the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field, a notorious hitters’ park, for eight innings in which he allowed only three hits, a run and a walk, with five punchouts.

For the season, he has started three games for the Mets, covering 20.1 innings in the process. He has a 3-0 record and a microscopic 0.89 ERA and 0.69 WHIP.

“This is the best version of him that I’ve seen,” said manager Luis Rojas, per the Mets’ official site. “I mean, when he came in he was very impressive. … We got to know the stuff and know how impressive he was. But this year is the best version. I saw him in ’19. I saw him in Spring Training last year. Right now, he’s throwing the ball the best I’ve seen him in three years that we’ve known each other.”

The Mets are getting ace-like performance from Stroman

Mets’ outfielder Michael Conforto was very impressed with Stroman’s weekend start. “Just his attitude, the ultimate confidence in himself and I think that can be contagious sometimes,” said the outfielder.

At one point, Stroman retired 12 straight Rockies hitters in the altitude of Coors Field.

“I think my stuff plays well here,” said Stroman. “I don’t change my game plan, to be honest with you. I think because I throw an elite sinker, I think I do a good job to keep the ball on the ground no matter what park I go to.”

“I mean, you guys saw the pitch count,” said Rojas. “He had like 40-some pitches in the fifth. That’s what he is going to do when he establishes. Guys are going to swing, guys are going to put balls in play, and they are going to be on the ground. The defense is on their toes and we are going to be able to make plays. I think that’s what happened early to let him go the eight innings.”

The Mets are definitely going to be a problem for the rest of the league if Stroman keeps pitching like an ace.