For more than a month now, the Mets have waited (somewhat) patiently for the Marcus Stroman they thought they acquired before the July 31 Trade Deadline to arrive. At the time, the deal for Stroman signaled a real push for the Mets to contend in 2019. With Stroman filling out their rotation, the Mets -- even self-defined “underdogs” as they were -- would have a strong chance to win every night.
But Stroman has not always put them in prime position to win; to the contrary, the Mets have lost each of his last three starts, including Saturday’s 5-0 defeat to the Phillies at Citi Field. In seven outings since joining the Mets, Stroman has yet to submit a scoreless outing or record an out in the seventh inning of a game. His ERA with the team is 5.05, compared to 2.96 in his 21 starts for the Blue Jays this year.
“I just need to be better, to be honest with you,” Stroman said. “No one puts more pressure on me than myself so I’m extremely frustrated and kind of angered.”
Stroman allowed a season-high 10 hits in Saturday’s loss, including four during a four-run rally in the fourth. After J.D. Davis committed an inning-opening fielding error, Stroman gave up hits to four of the next five batters he faced, including a two-run double to Corey Dickerson. Cesar Hernandez also hit a leadoff homer off Stroman, who lasted merely four innings.