After his decision to opt out of the 2020 season, it was almost certain that Stroman would not return to Queens. He had a solid second half of the 2019 season with the Mets after coming over from Toronto, posting a 4-2 record, with a 3.77 ERA over 11 starts.
Though it was highly unlikely that he would accept the qualifying offer for the 2021 season, especially after receiving a ton of hate after his opt-out, his decision to stick with the Mets can prove to be the move they need to get into the playoff picture.
Without Stroman, it’s almost certain the Mets would not have this 7-5 start to the season, which is good enough for first place in the tough NL East. He has posted a 3-0 record, with a 0.90 ERA over 3 starts. When you pair this with Jacob deGrom and his 0.45 ERA, you have a 1-2 punch that can lead you to the postseason.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this deGrom/Stroman duo is how they find success. Their attitudes, repertoires, and attack plans are about as opposite as you can get. deGrom is mild-mannered and unbothered when he’s on the mound, and relies on his fastball that can reach up to 102 miles per hour. He has a fluid, deliberate windup that is very repeatable. He does have great secondary pitches, but ultimately he is a power pitcher that can get away with missing his spots on occasion.
On the other hand, you have Marcus Stroman. His attitude on the mound is the antithesis of deGrom, as he is not afraid to show his emotions when competing. He has a windup that he changes throughout the game, to keep hitters off balance. Unlike deGrom, he doesn’t have the fastball to blow past batters, so he relies on his offspeed pitches and pinpoint accuracy to get hitters out. To put it into perspective, Stroman has struck out just 11 batters over 20 innings so far this season, while deGrom has struck out 35 in 20 innings.
There is no saying how long these two pitchers will maintain their elite success. But as a Mets fan, it has been so fun to watch them attack hitters in such different ways.