Marcus Stroman continued to labor through his season-long slump Sunday in a pitching matchup he probably could have learned something from. After all, the young Blue Jays right-hander was facing White Sox ace Chris Sale, the All-Star lefty who’s readjusted himself into the American League’s best pitcher this season. On the surface, the two pitchers couldn't be more different. Sale towers over most opposing hitters at 6-foot-6; Stroman stands just 5-foot-8. Sale throws from the left side, Stroman the right, and the former tops out a few miles an hour higher with his fastball. But the new, pitch-to-contact Sale is still very much the hurler Stroman would like to become (obviously), in that they both prefer efficiency over missing bats with their swing-through stuff. Sale, of course, didn't fully buy into his new approach until this year, his age-27 season, so forgive the younger Stroman if he isn't quite on that Cy Young level yet.
Why Stroman's struggles are more mental than physical
The Score | Jun 27