How Marcus Stroman Showed He’s Ready to be the Toronto Blue Jays’ Ace
Entering the 2016 MLB season, there were plenty of things we already knew about the Toronto Blue Jays, but there was one question surrounding their starting rotation.
Acquiring David Price last summer at the trade deadline put the Jays over the top en route to their first playoff appearance since 1993, but him leaving via free agency left manager John Gibbons without a bonafide “ace” to lead the way. Following Toronto’s 5-3 Opening Day win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, we saw exactly why they didn’t feel the need to make another big splash.
Solely looking at Marcus Stroman’s final line from his season debut is impressive (8 innings pitched, 3 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts), but it was how he went about his business that was incredibly telling. I’m specifically talking about the maturity, focus and composure he displayed during a three-inning sequence from the third to the fifth.