Marcus Stroman has been an incredibly successful pitcher in his career. He has a 3.76 ERA and a 3.64 FIP in more than 800 innings in the bigs, and with an excellent 58.6 ground ball percentage. The New York Mets traded for him in 2019, and after sitting the 2020 season due to COVID concerns, he is ready to help the rotation in 2021.
He is known for his drive to improve. He is constantly studying the game and its best pitchers. Luckily for him, arguably the best hurler in the game, Jacob deGrom, is his teammate in the Mets.
Itâ€™s only natural, then, that Stroman is trying to model some things after his highly decorated teammate.
During an interview with Rob Friedman, the famous â€œPitching Ninjaâ€ on Twitter, Stroman explained that heâ€™s been picking deGromâ€™s brain and has watched him in bullpen sessions.
â€œIâ€™m excited to be around him. I literally go out and just watch his bullpens like a little kid,â€ Stroman said. â€œI sit right behind him in his bullpens. He lets me sit there, chill, ask him questions. Heâ€™s the man, bro. Heâ€™s so low key, but heâ€™s the man and heâ€™s always open to helping and always just wants you to be your best as well.
The Mets’ starters understand the value of pitching mechanics
â€œIâ€™ll go into a bullpen and pick his mind. To be honest, people donâ€™t understand but I have a lot of little tweaks Iâ€™m going to be coming out with this year that deGrom inspired, whether it be maybe where my foot position is on the mound or where my hand pump is or what it is that deGromâ€™s thinking about when he has his hand pump or when he lifts his leg. Iâ€™ve incorporated a lot of things that heâ€™s doing that have helped me stay more compact and more stable and fluid in my delivery.â€
The Metsâ€™ starter knows, however, that deGrom sets the bar high when it comes to performance. And this is originated from flawless mechanics.
â€œDeGromâ€™s got the best mechanics, I tell anybody, and a lot of itâ€™s his body, how much of an athlete he is. A lot of it is also physical and what he was born with,â€ Stroman said. â€œI think deGrom has the best hip disassociation out of any pitcher or anybody in the league, and you canâ€™t replicate. This is why you canâ€™t say â€˜Oh, go have deGromâ€™s mechanics.â€™ Nobody can have that. His hip disassociation, his ability to open up his hips on his stride length and keep his top half still loaded back is f—ing incredible. You canâ€™t teach that.â€