There was a lot to enjoy about Toronto’s 7-2 win over Houston on Saturday. Josh Donaldson’s go-ahead three-run homer, Tulo’s bomb, and some excellent infield defence, but the star of the game was Marcus Stroman.
Stro tossed seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits while collecting six strikeouts. After a bit of a struggle with command to start the game, Stroman settled in and treated the crowd to a Stro Show. The marquee moment was this absolutely bananas slider to strikeout Carlos Correa.
Check out Marcus Stroman's Slider to Carlos Correa. Absolutely filthy. (h/t @brendonkuhn) pic.twitter.com/fIyg5smJER— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) July 8, 2017
Holy hell. Watch this thing. Appreciate it. Inject it into your veins. This pitch is a thing of beauty. Correa is a damn good hitter, arguably one of the best in the game, and he looked completely lost chasing after that video game style slider.
Stroman has enjoyed a breakout season in 2017. He owns a 3.28 ERA through 18 starts and has easily been the Jays’ best starter so far this season. Remember around this time last year when people were questioning if he was going to become good starter? And when it was suggested he should be down in Triple-A or in the bullpen? Good times!
At this time last year, people were campaigning for Marcus Stroman to be sent down/to the bullpen lmaoooo— Richard Lee-Sam (@RLeesam) July 8, 2017