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54 Marcus Stroman SP
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 5/1/1991 | Birthplace: Medford, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 70/26 | Average Draft Position: 243.74
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Marcus Stroman wins one Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman turned in an excellent start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Stroman allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Stroman was fantastic early, tossing five scoreless frames to begin the game. He didn’t give up his first hit until the fourth inning, when David Ortiz managed to knock a single. Stroman did manage to get himself in trouble in the sixth inning. With one out, David Ross managed to reach on a fielding error. Stroman lost his composure briefly, giving up three straight singles to tie the game. He then threw a wild pitch, which scored another run. 

The Blue Jays were able to mount a comeback in the seventh, putting Stroman in position for the win. He improved to 8-5. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start. 


Marcus Stroman running out of steam?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2014) Between Fantasy Baseball Today and the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, we've covered this topic thoroughly already, but for those who stick to the player updates, it's true: Marcus Stroman may be running out of gas.

Or steam, depending on your preferred method of propulsion. He's given up five earned runs in three of his last four starts. Prior to that, he had a 2.12 ERA in 11 starts. I, for one, am still mesmerized by his talent, but the body has its limits. Stroman's have kicked in at around 120 innings.

Well, what did you expect? He's never gone there before. And while a 30-to-40-inning increase is to be expected for a young pitcher in the early years of his career, those last few innings can be a bumpy ride.

You can read more about it and hear what CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has to say on the matter by clicking here, but understand I'm not advising anyone to drop Stroman. He probably has another four starts in him, and he's a good enough pitcher to fight through the fatigue and reverse the momentum before his season ends. With each bad start, though, he has fewer to regain your trust. The countdown is on.


Marcus Stroman gets knocked around Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman had a tough start Friday against the Rays.

Stroman allowed four runs, three earned, on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. The Rays slowly chipped away at Stroman each inning. An Evan Longoria solo shot started the scoring in the second inning. After a scoreless third inning, Stroman gave up a run in each of the next three frames. A walk and double brought in a run in the fourth, a double and force out brought in a run in the fifth and three singles plated a run in the sixth.

With the loss, Stroman dropped to 7-5. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start.


Marcus Stroman clobbered by White Sox


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman couldn’t make it out of the first inning Friday. 

Stroman allowed five runs on five hits over just 2/3 of an inning. He struck out one and did not allow any walks. Stroman had a bit of a meltdown on the mound. After hitting Alexei Ramirez with a pitch, he moved up both runners on base with a balk. Stroman then proceeded to give up a run against the next four hitters. After striking out Tyler Flowers, Stroman gave up one more run-scoring single. He was pulled from the game before he could get out of the inning. Stroman threw 37 pitches.

With the loss, Stroman fell to 7-4. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start.


Marcus Stroman goes nine - but Saturday game goes 10


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Only a two-run double by Detroit hitting machine Victor Martinez probably prevented Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman from snagging his fourth win in five decisions.

Stroman yielded the hit in the sixth inning after pitching shutout ball. He finished with a career-high nine innings pitched and four hits allowed with three walks and four strikeouts. The outing served as a bounce-back from a poor performance in his last start.

The rookie, who lowered his ERA to 3.34 with the no-decision, is set to pitch again Friday against the host White Sox.


Marcus Stroman struggles in loss vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman took a loss Sunday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and one walk in three-plus innings and striking out one in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Astros.

Stroman (7-3) gave up a two-run single with the bases loaded in the third inning before giving up four straight hits to open the fourth and getting pulled from the game. He had allowed just one earned run on 11 hits and four walks in 21 innings over his three previous starts. Stroman owns a 3.49 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 68:18 K:BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings. He's slated to take on the Tigers Saturday.


Marcus Stroman strikes out eight in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman delivered a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and two walks in seven innings and striking out eight in his team's 4-2 victory over the Red Sox.

Stroman (7-2) carved up the Red Sox in his last outing as well, giving up just one hit and two walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out seven. He's been fantastic in July outside of an ugly outing before the break, giving up a total of one run in four starts aside from that one poor game. Stroman owns a 3.03 ERA and 67:17 K:BB ratio in 74 1/3 innings. He'll face the Astros Sunday.


Marcus Stroman solidifies his place in Fantasy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) So Marcus Stroman nearly no-hit the Red Sox Thursday. True story. The Blue Jays pulled him after the seventh inning, when he allowed his first hit, but still, seven shutout innings with a strikeout per is a nice reward for his Fantasy owners.

Too bad only 46 percent of them got to enjoy it.

How can he be started in so few leagues if he entered the day with a 2.50 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 8.0 strikeouts in nine starts? It's in spite of my sincerest efforts to get the word out. He's been nothing but dominant in the role and has the pedigree to back it up, making the lack of interest astounding.

And Al Melchior likes him even more than I do, ranking him 34th among starting pitchers. You can get mad, Jered Weaver owners, or you can just go out and get Stroman while he's still affordable.

(Not that I'm saying you should give up Weaver for him, but if Al ranks him higher, that should count for something.)


Marcus Stroman toys with no-hit bid


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Blue Jays rookie Marcus Stroman threw six no-hit innings Thursday before Shane Victorino's bloop single leading off the seventh. Stroman went seven scoreless innings in the 8-0 victory, striking out seven and walking two and allowing no other hits.

Stroman (6-2) improved to 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA in seven home starts and lowered his overall ERA to 3.21. He's allowed no runs over his last two starts covering 14 innings. Stroman will face the Red Sox again on Tuesday at Fenway.


Marcus Stroman gets win No. 5 in shutout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman ended his three-start winless streak Saturday, as he took down the Rangers, 4-1.

Stroman bounced back from a subpar outing in his last trip to the mound, as he finished seven innings without allowing a run Sunday. He allowed just four hits and did not issue a walk, while striking out five batters on 107 pitches in the win.

Stroman improved his record to 5-2 with the win, while he lowered his ERA to 3.58 in the start. His next start is set for Thursday against the Red Sox. 


Blue Jays announce rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Blue Jays announced their pitching rotation following the All-Star break. R.A. Dickey will get the ball Friday against the Rangers and be followed by Marcus Stroman, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison and J.A. Happ.

Marcus Stroman knocked around Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was blasted by the Angels Wednesday.

Stroman had a tough start, giving up five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits and one walk. Stroman struck out four during the outing. The Angels just slowly chipped away at Stroman during the start. After a scoreless first inning, Stroman allowed two runs in the second, third and fourth frames. He technically allowed six runs, but only five were earned. Stroman was pulled after giving up a two-run shot to Kole Calhoun in the fourth inning. 

C.J. Wilson had an equally poor start, allowing Stroman to escape with a no-decision. With the All-Star Game approaching, it’s unclear when Stroman will make his next start. 


Marcus Stroman strangely overlooked


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman is owned in only 72 percent of leagues. That's the same as Dillon Gee, who hasn't started a game since May 10 and wasn't exactly Cy Young material before then. It's 15 percent less than Wily Peralta, 12 percent less than Dan Haren, 11 percent less than Shelby Miller, 8 percent less than R.A. Dickey and 1 percent less than Hiroki Kuroda. Together, those five have combined for a 3.97 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

Upside certainly doesn't explain the descrepancy. The only one with anywhere close to Stroman's is Miller, and he hasn't actually shown his since last June. Stroman, meanwhile, has a 2.08 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings in seven starts, pitching at least six innings in six of them. And while that ERA is obviously too good to be true, one right around 3.00 is perfectly reasonable for what he's doing peripherally, which is perfectly in line with what he did in his minor-league career.

So what are you waiting for?


Marcus Stroman fans seven in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman tossed his best outing of the season Friday, but got nothing to show for it as the game against the Athletics went into extras.

Stroman twirled seven shutout innings in the game, limiting the A's to just three hits. Only one of those hits went for extra bases, while he struck out seven batters and walked three in the no-decision.

The game headed into extra innings with a scoreless tie intact, leaving Stroman's record at 4-2. He lowered his ERA to 3.44 with the start, with his next outing set for Wednesday against the Angels. 


Marcus Stroman earns no decision after bullpen fails


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched well enough to earn a win Saturday against the White Sox.

Stroman went 6 2/3 innings, giving up just two hits and two walks. Stroman allowed two runs during the appearance. Stroman was cruising until the sixth inning. After giving up a double to Jose Abreu and a walk to Adam Dunn with two outs, Stroman was pulled in favor of Dustin McGowan.

On the first pitch he threw, McGowan allowed a three-run home run. The hit ensured Stroman would receive a no-decision. Stroman's next start is slated to come against the Athletics. 


Marcus Stroman tosses eight one-run innings in win vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman earned a win Monday, giving up just one earned run on three hits and one walk in eight innings while striking out seven in his team's 8-3 victory over the Yankees.

Stroman (4-2) pitched more than six innings for the first time in his career Monday, and the only damage the Yankees managed was a solo home run with the Blue Jays already up 7-0 in the fourth inning. The rookie owns a 4.25 ERA and 30:7 K:BB ratio in 36 innings. Stroman is set to square off with the White Sox Saturday.


Marcus Stroman bumped from Sunday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been bumped from Sunday's start.

Liam Hendriks will get a spot start Friday so that R.A. Dickey can receive some extra rest. Dickey will get the call Sunday, which will push Stroman to Monday. Stroman will have a two-start week next week, and will take on the Yankees and White Sox. 


Yankees get to Marcus Stroman early in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman stumbled for the first time as a starter Tuesday, in a 3-1 loss to the Yankees.

After opening his career with three quality starts in a row, Stroman could not make it out of the fourth inning this time around. He was chased after allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings on 98 pitches, with four hits and three walks. He also struck out a career-low two batters in the game.

Stroman has still posted very good numbers as a starter, sporting a 2.91 ERA and 2-2 record since moving out of the bullpen. He will try to get back on track in his next outing, Sunday in Cincinnati. 


Marcus Stroman shows something in latest start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) Marcus Stroman wasn't at his best Wednesday against the Twins, but after serving up a two-run homer to Josh Willingham in the first inning, he did his best to limit the damage over the next five, picking up a quality start despite allowing nine hits.

No doubt, his stellar control played a part in his recovery. He didn't walk a batter for the second time in three starts, making the surplus of hits easier to pitch around. Still, not every pitcher in his third major-league start would have pitched around them or would have resisted nibbling when the hits began to pile up. It may not have been his best work, but Stroman showed us something with this start.

That "something" is along the lines of "grit" or "determination," which is of course a sabermetricians' nightmare and hardly the most imporant evaluation of a pitcher. But when you get past the fundamental questions of role, control and does it fly or does it roll, intangibles still have their say. Mike Minor has always credited them for his breakthrough midway through 2012, when, to paraphrase, he stopped spazzing out every time he got into a jam.

If this is the way Stroman pitches at less than his best at this stage of his career, he'll quickly become a fixture in Fantasy.


Marcus Stroman takes first career loss vs. Twins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman lost for the first time in his career Wednesday, as he fell to the Twins, 7-2.

Despite the ugly final score, Stroman still notched his third quality start in as many trips to the mound, as he allowed three runs in six innings. He did so despite scattering nine hits In his six innings of work, thanks to four strikeouts and no walks on 96 pitches.

Stroman is 3-1 on the season, and 2-1 win since becoming a starter. He has allowed just five runs in 18 innings over his three starts, and will try to keep his solid run up when he takes on the Yankees Tuesday. 


Marcus Stroman has earned his place


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Here's what we know: So far as a starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman has a 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He followed up his first gem May 31 with another quality start Sunday against the Cardinals. Given his minor-league track record -- in particular, his 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.4 walks per nine innings -- what he's done in those two starts is in no way a surprise.

Here's what we don't know: Why he struggled so much in five relief appearances prior to those two starts, allowing four earned runs in each of his last two to earn a brief trip back to the minors.

He may have simply been unaccustomed to the role. The Blue Jays thrust him into it without transitioning him at Triple-A first, forcing him to adjust on the fly. And adjusting on the fly while facing major-league hitters for the first time is a recipe for disaster.

Stroman's overall numbers are still inflated from his time in the bullpen, but given his upside, I say he's earned his place on mixed-league rosters with his first two starts. After all, that's the first we've seen of him in his intended role.


Marcus Stroman picks up third win in sharp outing vs. Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman looked sharp on Friday against the Cardinals, improving to 3-0 on the year. The right-hander yielded one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings of a 3-1 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 12 innings, Stroman has allowed two earned runs. He owns a 5.40 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 18 1/3 innings. He will look to keep rolling Wednesday at home against Minnesota.

Don't judge Marcus Stroman on relief appearances


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) Marcus Stroman didn't make a good impression in five relief appearances earlier this season, allowing four earned runs in each of his final two before returning to Triple-A Buffalo.

So perhaps his start Saturday, the first of his big-league career, caught Fantasy owners by surprise. In six innings, he allowed just one run on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Given Stroman's stuff and his pedigree, though, it really shouldn't. In the first 20 starts of his professional career at Double-A New Hampshire last year, he went 9-5 with 3.30 ERA and 1.13 WHIP -- good enough numbers in their own right, but his strikeout-to-walk ratio showed the full extent of his dominance. He averaged 10.4 strikeouts compared to 2.2 walks per nine innings.

And he was just as effective in seven starts at Triple-A Buffalo this year. Combined with Saturday's start, it's enough to suggest he may not have been completely comfortable breaking into the big leagues in an unfamiliar role. It's not like they eased him into it or anything. He went from suddenly starting to suddenly relieving.

Considering the Blue Jays sent down a surprisingly effective Liam Hendriks to clear a rotation spot for Stroman, they must think the 23-year-old is ready. Right now, he has the perfect combination of job security and upside, making him a sleeper in all formats.


Marcus Stroman secures another start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will start Friday against the Cardinals.

Stroman earned himself another start after Saturday's performance. The club optioned Liam Hendriks to the minors following Sunday's game, freeing up a rotation spot for Stroman. In 12 1/3 innings, Stroman has posted a 7.30 ERA. 


Marcus Stroman earns win in his first start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman earned his a win during his first major-league start Saturday.

Stroman's slider was particularly sharp during the start. He used the pitch to get four of his six strikeouts. He ran into trouble just once, allowing a run scoring single in the second inning. Stroman allowed three hits during the inning, but escaped after giving up just one run. He was able to hold the Royals in check otherwise.

Stroman allowed one earned run over six innings. He gave up five hits and walked none. The win brought Stroman to 2-0 on the season. It's unclear whether Stroman will receive a start the next time through the rotation. If he does remain in the rotation, he would likely start against the Cardinals.