An Ace is defined as someone who can lead his team’s starting rotation through a grueling 162 game season, be dependable by taking the ball every 5th day, and contributing nothing but his all. That’s what Marcus Stroman is.
A 1st Round Pick, 22nd Overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, Marcus Stroman has always been proving the doubters wrong. Proving the people who claimed he was “too small” or “too emotional” to be successful.
Those haters and doubters are eating their words now, that’s for sure.
Coming back from ACL surgery in September of 2015, Marcus proved he could be the Ace the Blue Jays needed. He came back and was as magical as possible in his September starts, and not only that, he helped lead his team through the Playoffs pitching the do or die game 5 against the Texas Rangers, a game the Blue Jays would win, thanks in part to Marcus’s incredible pitching. And though the Blue Jays would ultimatley fall to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS, Stroman had proved he could be the Ace.
In 2016, Marcus Stroman broke the 200 inning plateau for the first time in his young career. A major milestone for Marcus. He carried an ERA of 4.37 and a record of 9-10 through 2016.
Then, in March of 2017, Stroman participated in the World Baseball Classic, representing his native country of the United States. In the WBC, he made 3 starts, one against the Dominican Republic, and 2 against Peurto Rico, posting a 2.35 ERA in 15.1 total innings. Stroman started the Final against Peurto Rico, a game the USA would win to capture their first ever WBC Championship. He pitched a no-hitter into the 7th inning of that game, and was named the tournament’s MVP, for leading his country to a championship.
Beginning the 2017 season, Marcus Stroman became the clear ace of the starting rotation, a rotation plagued by injuries to their starting pitchers and other major inconsistencies.
One of his most incredible starts of the season came on July 22nd against the Cleveland Indians, when he pitched 7.2 innings allowing only 1 run. What was so amazing about that start is how he battled. He battled through the 7.2 innings with a hot spot on his finger, but he continued on in the game giving his team a chance to win, although they would ultimatley lose that game 2-1 to Cleveland in 10 innings.
On September 2nd, there was a very frightful moment in Baltimore when Marcus Stroman was hit by a comebacker off of his elbow off the bat of Mark Trumbo. After being on the ground for several moments after the scare, Marcus begged the coaching staff to allow him to continue pitching, but was ultimatley removed from that game after the injury.
When the x-rays came back and revealed no damage, Marcus Stroman proceeded to make his next start on September 9th where he proved once again how much of a warrior and a fighter he is, going back out for his next start after taking the sharp liner off his pitching elbow. A warrior indeed.
Another moment I will never forget is the moment when Stroman hit his first MLB home run against the Braves. It was an incredible moment, that made my leap from my seat and start screaming. It was just that incredible.
Marcus Stroman determined as ever, also broke the 200 inning mark again on September 30th against the New York Yankees, for the second time in his career and in consecutive seasons, proving that he can be dependable and a workhorse for this team.
He finished 2017 with amazing numbers, a 3.09 ERA, 201 IP, and 2 complete games. He anchored a rotation plagued by inconsistencies and injuries and despite a lost 2017 season for the Jays, Marcus Stroman had a season that was not lost, it was a magical season for him.
All of the 2017 season, I waited for every fifth day, when I would get to see the StroShow. Everytime I watched my Ace, Marcus Stroman pitch it made me beyond happy. Everything he’s done this season has proved every single doubter wrong. I can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for Marcus, but I can guarantee you, it will he amazing.
“Go Chase you Dreams. Go Get It. Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Anything Different” ~ Marcus Stroman.