Where Stroman fits in… for now

While pitcher Marcus Stroman is no stranger to the New York Mets organization, the team might have a relatively new look. With Stroman accepting his QO, it’s important to look at where he fits in, not only right now, but what the team might look like going forward with other additions, as well.

Assuming that Steven Matz and Seth Lugo would be apart of the rotation if the season started today, the Mets rotation would look like this (Pre Syndergaard’s return).

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  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Seth Lugo
  4. David Peterson
  5. Steven Matz

While Syndergaard says he’s on pace to be ready for opening day, that just doesn’t seem like a realistic possibility after TJS. It looks like that late June or even after the All-Star break is a return date fans can hope on. Assuming Matz turns the corner enough to keep him in the rotation, this is what we could be looking at once Thor returns.

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  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. David Peterson
  4. Noah Syndergaard
  5. Steven Matz

But what if the Mets make a huge splash and sign the reigning National League Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer? What would the rotation look like on opening day?

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Trevor Bauer
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. Seth Lugo/David Peterson
  5. David Peterson/Steven Matz

If the Mets decide to use Lugo as their fourth, they’ll go on to use Peterson as the fifth while moving Matz to the pen to fulfill the swing man shift as well as an innings eating reliever.

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They could also opt to go with Peterson as their fourth and Matz as their fifth, moving Lugo back to the bullpen where his numbers indicate that he’s along the lines of an elite reliever.

Now it’ll actually get easier once Noah Syndergaard returns from his injury in this particular scenario that includes a rotation with Bauer.

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  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Trevor Bauer
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. Noah Syndergaard/David Peterson
  5. David Peterson/Steven Matz

The reason why this scenario is an easier one to choose is because it basically forces Lugo into being the bullpen ace. While he’s been a serviceable starting pitcher, his best work clearly comes out of the pen.

Back to Stro, it looks like the worst case scenario is that he drops down to the number three starter. That’s not at all bad, in fact, it’s something to look forward in 2021 and potentially beyond. Best case scenario is that he’s a number two pitcher that ends up pitching like an ace, while some may see that as far fetched, remember that Stroman is a former first rounder that keeps the ball low in the zone.

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1 comment

  1. Honestly? Youre dead on here. Bauer is the move to make first, it just really lengthens the pitching staff. If you can do 2 then its Bauer and Springer and a defensive catcher. I like JT I just cant go 7 years and someone will. Give us these two and a strong defender at C and you just need a couple if arms in the pen, viola! Youre done.

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