Can Marcus Stroman provide support at the back end of the rotation?
The Toronto Blue Jays picked up their first win of the second half of the season against the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched well, which was a stark contrast to his last time out on the hill in which he was roughed up in 3 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels. Stroman lasted seven innings against the Rangers and managed not to surrender a run. Stroman’s quality start against Texas is something Toronto is hoping to see more of throughout the rest of the season. The team is only 3.5 games behind the AL-East leading Baltimore Orioles. If the Blue Jays are to have any hope of catching Baltimore, they must hope for more starts like the one Stroman gave them on Saturday.
R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle have been the only pitchers that Toronto has been able to send out to the mound comfortably this season. In truth, the duo are the only established starters on the rotation. The injury to Brandon Morrow hasn’t helped one bit, so the team has been searching for back-end rotation stability all season. While Marcus Stroman has had only nine starts under his belt so far the team is hoping he can be one of the answers to their starting pitching depth issue. The young pitcher has been in up-and-down form all season long, which is perfectly normal for such a young pitcher.
However, Toronto should take note that before throwing seven shutout innings against the Rangers on Saturday, Stroman has been 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five home starts. The Blue Jays will start to learn more about their young pitcher as the season wears on and hope he can provide reinforcement at the top end of the rotation.
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