— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo7) July 22, 2014
So it is only fitting that a day after Sanchez debuted and retired all six batters he faced, Stroman gave us another episode of “The Stro Show.” The youngster fired seven innings of one-hit baseball, and carried a no-hit bid through six. Stroman was not going to let his buddy out-do him. If these two rookies can continue to push each other, opposing hitters better look out.
After Thursday afternoon’s game, an 8-0 victory for the Jays, Stroman’s earned run average sits at 3.21. That number is inflated because of his struggles coming out of the bullpen in his first stint with the big club. Since being recalled as a starter, Stroman’s ERA is a dazzling 2.21. In his ten starts, he has posted a record of 5-2 and has gone at least six innings in all but two of his appearances. None of his starts were more impressive than this one where he flirted with a no-hitter.
“I honestly didn’t think about it until I sat down after the sixth. I sat down and saw zeroes and was like ‘wow that’s pretty crazy,'” Stroman told Arash Madani. “It was definitely a fun game and definitely a big win for our ball club.”
Following the game, Stroman praised Dioner Navarro‘s game calling. The two were in sync all day, and as Stroman pointed out, he did not shake of his catcher once all afternoon. Whichever one of the five pitches Navarro called for, Stroman delivered. Having seen his fair share of pitchers over the course of his 10-year career, Navarro has been impressed with what he has seen from the young starter.
“This guy’s really special,” Navarro said. “He’s in the process of learning. He works hard every day. He wants to get better, and that’s the beauty of it.”
Manager John Gibbons must be ecstatic about the 23-year-old’s recent performance. He has outplayed veterans Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey of late and is winning over the fan base with outings like Thursday’s. On a team with a lack of home-grown talent, Stroman and Sanchez are giving starved Toronto baseball fans a glimpse into what could be a bright, bright future.
“They’re both young. They’re both classy guys that are good for the organization. Guys you can look up to that are very respectable,” Gibbons said after the game. “Where their futures end up, who knows, but you’ve got to be excited about them.”
I’m certainly excited, you?