Marcus Stroman is on the mound for the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Arizona, and he needs to stop being an unexpected anvil weighing down the Jays’ rotation.
Although Stroman is 7-4, he’s got an ugly 5.15 ERA. He started this week having given up the most earned runs in the major leagues (69) and the third-most hits in the AL (130). And after an uneven first half, Stroman’s first start after the All-Star break was an 8-7 loss in Oakland that saw him unable to hold a 7-3 lead.
With Marco Estrada, Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ all having great years, Stroman’s struggles have been a disappointment. The way he bounced back from his spring knee injury to go 4-0 in September last year was a remarkable story and foreshadowed a big season as an ace with the departure of David Price.
To this point, it hasn’t happened. Stroman, 25, has been a winner his entire career – and has a 22-10 record to date in the big leagues. Even though he has a good record, most of the other numbers show he hasn’t pitched well at all. The Jays need him to be a lot better.