Marcus Stroman

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Ed Coleman's Notes From Spring: You Want Confidence? Stroman's Got It

Ed Coleman
February 13, 2020 - 4:31 pm
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (WCBS 880) — Confidence? You want confidence? Go to the dictionary, look up the word, and Marcus Stroman's face will be there.  

"Confidence never wavers, ever," Stroman said Thursday at Mets camp. "I think I'm the best on the field whenever I'm out there, always. That's how I was raised by my father, that's how I continue to be. Confidence stays the same no matter what. It's just a different league, different lineups, different hitters. I'm excited for this year. I think I'm going to be good, really good. I think I should be dominant. I put in a lot of work in the off-season, my stuff's moving all over the place, so I'm excited to go out there and compete with the team that we have which is pretty incredible."

Stroman is 5'7" and in the land of tall, lanky pitchers like Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard might have a tendency to get lost. But Stroman is a hard worker who spends countless hours in the weight room working on building up strength in his core muscles, which makes him strong, makes him stable, and, yes, makes him confident.  

"I think I have the best core in the league, I do. I put a lot of work into that. So I'm extremely stable. I need to get everything possible out of my body and I've figured it out to exactly know how every part of my body needs to work for me to be elite out there. I'm ready to go out there and throw 7 or 8 innings right now. My body's ready. I don't have the luxury to get away with certain things that 6'3" or 6'4" pitchers can. I need to get every possible perfect thing out of my body and I do. So I'm in a great position. I can't wait to dominate."

It might be nice to see those 7 or 8 innings more frequently this season. That did not happen with regularity as a Met after Stroman arrived at the trading deadline.

Stroman made 11 starts for the Mets, going 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA. His strikeout rate did increase in the second half as he fanned 60 in 60 innings, but he also gave up 65 hits, 8 of them homers.  

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He does feel he can strike more batters out this year, and combined with his sinker, well, you guessed it, he's confident of the results he'll get.

"I could punch guys out more," Stroman said. "I also have the best sinker in the league so I can keep the ball on the ground with the best of them as well. So it's just a balance of what I want to do. I think I can do both — keep the ball on the ground and also raise my strikeouts, which will be pretty hard to do, but as long as I keep my walks down, which is my emphasis, I think I should roll."

Stroman combined to throw 184 innings between Toronto and the Mets in 2019. His goal for 2020 is 200 innings or better, which he's done twice before in his 6 year career.

Stroman feels that things will take care of themselves if he reaches that plateau. I guess I don't have to tell you that he's confident he'll get there, do I?