New York Mets’ Marcus Stroman is throwing “full tilt” bullpen sessions

New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets got some good news this week, as rookie David Peterson showed he can handle a major league lineup while stiffling the Boston Red Sox for 5 2/3 innings of two earned runs. However, that doesn’t take away the fact that they need Marcus Stroman, one of their most dependable starters, to get back on the mound as soon as possible.

His return is treated as a “week to week” proposition, rather than the more optimistic day to day. Stroman, who was slated to be the New York Mets’ second starter this season following Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery in the spring, suffered a left calf tear on July 12 and has been on the shelf since that day.

However, according to New York Daily News’ Deesha Thosar, the Mets’ righty is throwing “full tilt” bullpen sessions. That’s what manager Luis Rojas told her, which leads us to believe that he will back eventually and his arm won’t have suffered that much from the extended break.

The Mets will proceed with caution

Mets’ fans need to pump the brakes, however. Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner detailed that Stroman still isn’t able to sprint because of his injury, and he has said in the past that he needs to field his position with no limitations before thinking about coming back to play.

Upon being placed on the injured list, Stroman told the press that he could see himself making a swift, quicker-than-anticipated recovery from his ailment, and according to his progression and the latest reports, a mid-August return seems like a realistic target for the talented hurler.

Since suffering the injury, Stroman hasn’t stopped throwing. The pitcher is in the last year of arbitration elegibility and will enter free agency after the season. He is motivated to come back, help the Mets reach the playoffs, and put up good individual numbers as he thinks about his next payday.

New York Mets: Stroman to continue throwing bullpen sessions during rehab

The New York Mets‘ rotation got another huge hit this week when it was announced that Marcus Stroman wouldn’t be ready for the start of the season with a left calf tear. He was placed in the 10-day injured list on July 22nd as a result, and is considered week to week at this point.

The Mets’ righty said he wants to continue throwing bullpen sessions as part of his rehab. “My recovery methods are with the best of them,” he said. “I do everything to make sure I’m going to be able to play this game for a very, very, very, very long time. This is not something I’m worried about, because honestly, if I had never gotten the MRI, I would probably still be making my start.”

The New York Mets’ de facto second starter following Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery a few months ago has said that he can throw off a mound without discomfort, but since he feels pain while running, he needs to rehab in order to be able to perform every required baseball activity on a diamond.

The Mets need him back ASAP

Stroman already threw a 55-pitch bullpen session after suffering the injury, and it is important that he keeps his arm sharp. That would mean a quicker return for the impending free agent.

The Mets won the first game of the season 1-0 against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, with a stellar performance of ace Jacob deGrom. Behind the two-time Cy Young award winner, the landscape looks pretty thin as far as the rotation goes, given Syndergaard and Stroman’s injuries.

It is presumed that Corey Oswalt will fill the fifth starter role ahead of David Peterson, who impressed during spring training and summer camp. Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha complete the group.

Pete Alonso says the New York Mets ‘have the pieces’ to win

New York Mets, Pete Alonso

Pete Alonso and the New York Mets are preparing for a fan-less 60-game regular season. The Mets have played a handful of exhibitions over the last week, getting a sense of what games without fans will look like.

Alonso compares playing in empty stadiums to playing in the Florida State League (quotes per amNY’s Joe Pantorno).

“It felt exactly like playing in the Florida State League,” Alonso said. “You can probably count how many fans are in the stands on both your hands in Florida State League games.”

Alonso says the Mets have to be “motivated” this season.

“At the end of the day, we have to be motivated to try and win a ballgame,” Alonso said. “We have to be motivated to try and win a championship.”

The Mets will be without Noah Syndergaard this season due to an elbow injury. Wednesday afternoon their starting rotation was dealt another blow with Marcus Stroman being placed on the injured list with a calf injury.

Alonso expects Stroman to be back “very soon.”

“I know Marcus is such an incredible worker. That’s the one thing when he got traded to us last year, that man works, he takes care of himself,” Alonso said. I respect the hell out of him and he’s a great teammate. I know he’s going to be back very soon.”

Alonso says the Mets have an “extremely dynamic lineup.”

“I think we have an extremely dynamic lineup. When we’re hitting on all cylinders, we are extremely dangerous,” Alonso said. “We have a really well-balanced lineup. There’s no easy out.”

“I think we have the pieces to do it. I think we have everything that it takes.”

Alonso feels the Mets “have the pieces” to win a championship.

“Falling short of the postseason leaves a sour taste,” Alonso said. “We don’t want to leave anything in question. We want to do it, we want to be there, we want to compete for a championship.

“I think we bottled the feeling of going home in September and not playing in October. We’re all extremely motivated and we’re going to find out a lot about our character. We have the pieces, we just have to out between the lines and do it.”

Last season the first baseman hit .260, posted a .941 OPS and 148 OPS+ and totaled 53 home runs and 120 RBIs. That production helped Alonso win the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

New York Mets: Stroman, Gsellman to the Injured List

New York Mets baseball would not officially return until they received their first devastating injury of the season. After losing Noah Syndergaard to season-ending Tommy John Surgery, Marcus Stroman will start the season on the Injured List with a muscle tear in his left calf.

After continually working out during the postponed season, we would think Stroman would be in tip-top shape when the season resumed. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and Stroman will be a week-to-week issue and possibility never pitch during the 60-game season.

This is a major disappointment for both the Mets and Stroman. The Mets needed him to step up as their number two starter, and they are out of proven options to replace his turn in the rotation. Stroman is heading into free agency after the season, and the injury news immediately drops his value. Though the Mets could sign him at a lower price, the decision to pick him over Zack Wheeler looks worse.

Replacements In the Rotation

The Mets announced Steven Matz will pitch the second game of the season, but the Mets still need a fifth starter. The first two names that come to the forefront of replacements are Walker Lockett and Corey Oswalt. Lockett is on the IL, and Oswalt did not fare well against the New York Yankees. Also, both pitchers have pitched enough in the big leagues to show they are not quality starting pitchers.

The Mets ruled out any idea of Seth Lugo moving into the starting rotation. With the injuries in the bullpen and Lugo’s partially torn UCL, it is for the better that he remains a reliever. They also told swingman Erasmo Ramirez he will not make the opening day roster as well.

David Peterson is the best option the Mets have. Their depth is scarce enough that they have to depend on a rookie who still has not made their MLB debut. Peterson is no slouch though; he has battled through Tommy John Surgery to pitch to a 3.63 career ERA in the minor leagues.

The left-hander is turning 25 in a month and could follow the same track as Jacob deGrom. Both received the surgery early in their professional careers and entered the big leagues in their mid-20s. Peterson has the upper hand as a former first-round pick, which plays into the high upside he has. The plus side of also putting him in the rotation is that if he pitches well, then the Mets won’t feel the pressure to re-sign Stroman.

Gsellman Under the Radar

Just because Stroman took the headlines, it does not mean losing Robert Gsellman does not hurt either. The Mets bullpen is already missing Brad Brach and Jared Hughes, so losing Gsellman hurts their depth even more. He has right triceps tightness, which the team reports is not severe.

Despite likely only losing Gsellman for a week, there is no time to waste in this 60-game sprint. He is one of the few relievers in the bullpen who can pitch multiple innings. With the lack of rotation, depth extended relievers like him are in high demand. Just a week ago, it seemed like the Mets would head into the season without any issues, but they all crept up on them, calming down the hope fans had for them.

New York Mets: Marcus Stroman about to enter the most important 60-game stretch of his life

New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

Anyone that has been around Marcus Stroman knows that he doesn’t lack confidence. In himself, in his teammates, and in his abilities, above all things. Now, the New York Mets‘ hurler is confident that all the training hours he invested during the quarantine will pay off.

Scheduled to be a free agent at the season’s end, Stroman knows that he will have to produce great numbers if he wants to earn the biggest possible contract. He is about to enter the most important 60-game stretch of his career so far.

When Marcus Stroman joined the Mets last summer, the returns were not initially strong. Over his first seven starts with his new team, he posted a 5.05 ERA with a .320 opponents’ batting average — numbers that the right-hander attributed to an adjustment period moving from Toronto to New York.

“I’ve been playing year-to-year my entire career, essentially, so I’m looking forward to being settled,” Stroman said. “I truly believe that I’m going to be an untapped potential once I’m truly settled and know I’m not going anywhere for that year. … I think that’s going to do wonders for my mind, my body, my pitching ability — everything. I truly believe my best years are ahead of myself.”

In 2019, he started 32 games and pitched 184.1 frames. He finished with a 3.22 ERA and a 3.72 FIP, good for 3.9 fWAR. He went from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets prior to the trade deadline.

Adjusting to life with the Mets

Upon arriving to New York, Stroman struggled in his first seven starts with the Mets, posting a 5.05 ERA with a .320 opponents’ batting average. He adjusted and was 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his last four turns.

The coronavirus pandemic halted baseball for three and a half months, but Stroman took advantage of the off time and focused on his body. Per MLB.com, he worked out at his home in Florida, he added arm strength long tossing in his front yard, he constructed a bullpen mound on the dock overlooking the water and had New York Mets teammate Dominic Smith as a training partner in his home gym. He also spent time in a hyperbaric chamber.

As a result, his confidence got a boost, as well as his body.

“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my career, honestly,” Stroman said. “I feel stronger. I feel just as mobile, just as flexible, just as fluid, but I feel stronger. My arm feels stronger. I train extremely hard. Extremely hard. So I know I’m going to be in this game for a long time.”

“This guy brings such a positive attitude to the clubhouse, such a positive attitude to the game as well,” added Mets manager Luis Rojas. “In between the lines, you’ve seen his energy how he goes. As soon as he became a Met last year, you guys saw how the team also had a little bit of that push toward the end.”

New York Mets: Marcus Stroman attended youth baseball practice in Tampa and had a blast

The entire baseball universe is waiting to see if MLB and the union can hammer out a deal for our favorite sport to return at some point in 2020. And while the two sides are certainly closer now than three or four days ago, no deal is imminent. The New York Mets, as well as every other team, are still waiting to see if they start preparing their bags to go to spring training 2.0 or if they stay home.

While several players are resting at their respective houses and others are training, New York Mets’ pitcher Marcus Stroman took advantage of the extra time to give back to the community.

Earlier this week, specifically on Tuesday, Stroman had volunteered to stop by and offer instruction at any youth, high school or even college baseball practices located in the Tampa area. He was true to his word, as he went off with that goal in mind on Wednesday.

The righty, entering a contract year with the Mets, joined the Tampa Heat 9u team on Wednesday. The pictures of the event portrayed him addressing the group and pitching in with his experience from the mound.

“Loved every moment out there with y’all. Thank you for having me,” Stroman tweeted. “Hope y’all can take something out of today that will better your tomorrow!”

“Seeing those smiles… nothing beats that!” Stroman said in another tweet. It’s not the first time Stroman is involved in activities like that one, and it probably won’t be the last either.

Stroman and his Mets’ future

The 2020 season could be the last one Stroman pitches with the Mets, unless he and the team can agree to a contract extension.

The righty is scheduled to hit free agency after the season ends, if there is one of course.

Last year, Stroman started 11 games for the Mets, with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 59.2 frames. In 184.1 innings between New York and Toronto, he had a 53.7 ground-ball percentage, the fourth-best mark in the league in 2019.

New York Mets: Alonso and Stroman Voice Opinions on the Protests

Let me guess your reaction to this article. It is either “the athletes should stick to sports” or “it is good to see the players using their platforms in a good way.” Those reactions sum up the way the world operates where everyone has to be on one side or the other.

Following the events surrounding the death of George Floyd, the country dove deeper into chaos and divide. Pete Alonso and Marcus Stroman are two of the vocal leaders in the New York Mets locker room and made their voices heard on social media.

The Mets’ first baseman showed his fearlessness to express his opinion on a pressing matter. His perspective is from someone who has never faced discrimination but showed his support for equality in the country. Throughout his tenure as a Met, he quickly became a leader for the franchise. Alonso kept it simple with a black background and white letters for his Instagram story.

He wanted people to know he is on their side for the battle and will continue to use his voice for change. Fans may forget his support for first responders throughout the 2019 season. He donated part of his home run derby winnings to them, bought the 9/11 memorial cleats for the entire team, and wore them without the MLB’s permission. Alonso also was denied to wear first responder hats during the game but donated the cleats to the 9/11 memorial.

Stroman’s Perspective

Stroman put together a few tweets expressing his disappointment and anger with racism in America. Never shy to voice his opinion, he has lived through discrimination based on color and his height. It has created a strong attitude and character that some people love, and others hate.

In April, he challenged NASCAR drive, Kyle Larson, to a fight after Larson’s use of a racial slur during a virtual race. Stroman has never backed down from anyone and is as vocal as anyone in the sport, especially when it comes to race issues.

Could the New York Yankees pursue Marcus Stroman during 2021 free agency?

New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

When it comes to starting pitching, the New York Yankees are incapable of remaining healthy. They lost Luis Severino for the entire 2020 season during spring training, due to Tommy John surgery. Last year, Severino barely saw the mound, and Jordan Montgomery was also recovering from Tommy John. Not to mention James Paxton needing surgery to remove a cyst from his lower back, which would have kept him out for several months if the season hadn’t been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking forward to 2021, the Yankees will lose one of their top starters in Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka has spent six years with the Yankees, compiling an average ERA of 3.75 and striking out 149 batters in 2019. However, his average ERA would indicate that he had a down season last year, logging a 4.45. However, he was an All-Star based on his first half of the season but fell off significantly in a second.

Nonetheless, Tanaka’s contract expires at the end of 2020, where he will earn $23 million in adjusted salary. A 32-years-old, the Yankees could extend him for a few more seasons, but they might look to free agency to fill the void.

Could the New York Yankees consider Marcus Stroman?

This is where Marcus Stroman comes into play, who is currently pitching for the New York Mets, just a few subway rides away. He will earn $12 million this season at 29-years-old. Last year, he earned a 3.77 ERA with the Mets and a 2.96 ERA with the Toronto Blue Jays. Overall, he had a solid campaign that the Yankees might be looking at if they elect to attack free agency for a new starting pitcher. His health has been solid throughout his career, which is a big factor for a team like the Yankees trying to get away from the injury bug.

Stroman doesn’t have a high strikeout arm and isn’t as flashy as the Yanks might prefer. Ultimately, he needs to have a strong defensive cast behind him, something the Bronx Bombers don’t necessarily have at the moment (Gleyber Torres and overall health of players). That could change if Gleyber Torres pans out at shortstop, and Luke Voit can remain healthy.

The Yankees might be able to land Stroman on a multi-year deal averaging in the $15-20 million range, which would be solid value considering his last few seasons of ball. Over 184.1 innings in 2019, he logged 159 strikeouts and allowed 18 home runs. Compared to Tanaka, who pitched 182 innings, he earned 149 strikeouts and gave up 28 home runs.

Overall, you can make the argument that Stroman is currently the better pitcher and might be a fantastic replacement for Tanaka moving forward.

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New York Mets: Dom Smith praises Marcus Stroman and says he is looking “nasty”

The New York Mets‘ players are working out at their respective homes, with the renewed hope that MLB and the union can soon iron things out and agree on the necessary condition for the season to start in early July.

Most of them are isolated with their families, but that isn’t the case of Marcus Stroman and Dominic Smith. They have been working out throughout this MLB suspension, and the first baseman and outfielder is impressed from what he has seen of the starting pitcher.

It is not surprising, since Stroman is actually one of the most talented and competitive pitchers in the major leagues.

When he is on, his stuff can be very difficult to square. The Mets’ 2019 acquisition has a wide array of tricks, deceptive delivery techniques, and a deep arsenal to mess with hitters.

On the latest episodes of The Cookie Club, quoted by SNY, Smith raved about Stroman’s current form.

“I’ve seen him throw all his bullpens and I’ll step in,” he said. “He doesn’t let me swing yet. He doesn’t want it right now. No, I’m just playing.”

The Mets’ starting pitcher has unmatched energy

Smith said he wants to stay around Stroman because of the energy he brings to his workouts day in and day out.

“Stroman, he’s nasty, man, and he’s locked in,” Smith said. “I’ll step in and his stuff looked really good. He was running cutters in off my hands and throwing sinkers down and away. His ball, it really dances up at the plate and I can see why hitters cannot barrel him up.”

Smith, a first round pick by the New York Mets back in 2013, is getting more outfield work in preparation for the season. His path to playing time at first base, his natural position, is blocked by Pete Alonso, and he will have to share a hypothetical designated hitter with plenty of batters. So, he needs to hone his skills out there.

Let’s hope we get to see the New York Mets this year. With the way negotiations between the MLB and the players’ association are going, it is difficult to know for sure if it will be a possibility.

New York Mets: Marcus Stroman Isn’t Optimistic About the Season

New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

The back and forth between the players union and Major League Baseball continues to go nowhere. After more details surfaced on the negotiations, New York Mets’ Marcus Stroman is losing hope that there will be baseball in 2020.

The newest details state the highest-paid players will suffer the most. The pay cuts would exceed the lesser paid players on the roster, and there are more than the union expected. Initially, the agreement allowed players to receive their pro-rates salaries, without pay decreases, to allow baseball to return.

Effects All Throughout Sports

The complacency looks worse on the league, especially after the National Hockey League announced their 24-team playoff proposal with training camps opening up by July 1. The Oakland Athletics decision to discontinue their $400 payments to minor league players also makes matters worse. MLB hopes to start by the beginning of July, but it seems more unlikely as the days pass.

Stroman originally had $12 million for his one-year deal, but the current proposal drops him to $3 million. The New York Yankees Gerrit Cole was set to get $36 million this year but will only get $8 million if the season resumes.

The long wait for a decision also lowers the chance Stroman ever plays for the Mets again. He will be a top pitcher on the upcoming free-agent market. With the Mets trading two of their better pitching for him, there had to be plans to extend him. He is only 29 and made his first All-Star team in 2019.

It is hard to pinpoint who is right and wrong during these negotiations, while on the outside. One thing for sure is the player’s right to holdout if they do not receive just pay. The players have their dream jobs, but it should not stop them from wanting proper compensation for their hard work. If any of us had to work for less than we agreed for, we would act just like the players.

People assume these players receive every cent they agreed for with their contracts. Taxes are just one of the many ways a player does not assume their full salary. Players also make personal purchases in advance of the money because they planned with their money.

From what we have seen, the players’ concern is not about getting their full pay. It is about a broken promise. Negotiations are always part of decisions like these, but drastic changes are causing the downfall of a potential agreement.