Mets’ Marcus Stroman says he’s added some Jacob deGrom-inspired tweaks to his delivery
Marcus Stroman’s toolbox of pitches is currently amongst the very best of any pitcher in baseball, however it ends up that the Long Island local has actually included some tweaks to his shipment, motivated by none besides two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom.
Throughout an interview with Rob Friedman, much better understood by his “Pitching Ninja” social networks manage, Stroman described just how much he’s been choosing deGrom’s brain, as he’s seen him in bullpen sessions and attempts to get as much as he can from among the very best pitchers in the video game.
“I’m excited to be around him. I literally go out and just watch his bullpens like a little kid,” Stroman stated. “I sit right behind him in his bullpens. He lets me sit there, chill, ask him questions. He’s the man, bro. He’s so low key, but he’s the man and he’s always open to helping and always just wants you to be your best as well.
“I’ll go into a bullpen and pick his mind. To be honest, people don’t understand but I have a lot of little tweaks I’m going to be coming out with this year that deGrom inspired, whether it be maybe where my foot position is on the mound or where my hand pump is or what it is that deGrom’s thinking about when he has his hand pump or when he lifts his leg. I’ve incorporated a lot of things that he’s doing that have helped me stay more compact and more stable and fluid in my delivery.”
However even Stroman understands that as tough as he or any person else can attempt, there’s nobody out there who can precisely duplicate what deGrom does each time he toes the rubber. Which has a lot to do with what Stroman calls the video game’s biggest shipment.
“DeGrom’s got the best mechanics, I tell anybody, and a lot of it’s his body, how much of an athlete he is. A lot of it is also physical and what he was born with,” Stroman stated. “I think deGrom has the best hip disassociation out of any pitcher or anybody in the league, and you can’t replicate. This is why you can’t say ‘Oh, go have deGrom’s mechanics.’ Nobody can have that. His hip disassociation, his ability to open up his hips on his stride length and keep his top half still loaded back is f—ing incredible. You can’t teach that.”
DeGrom’s numbers throughout the last 3 seasons are simply downright ridiculous. In his 76 starts, the Mets’ ace has actually pitched to a 2.10 AGE and 0.943 WHIP, setting out 11.6 batters per 9 innings while assembling a 20.0 pitching WAR.
Stroman, who pitched to a 3.22 AGE in 2019 and had 11 starts with the Mets that year prior to pulling out of the 2020 project due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has goals of including “Cy Young Award winner” beside his own name, however he understands that if deGrom can remain healthy, it’s going to be really challenging for anybody to have a much better season than No. 48.
“DeGrom is unbelievable. As long as he stays healthy for 30 starts, deGrom’s gonna win [the Cy Young Award]. … DeGrom’s the best pitcher in baseball, bro. It’s no debate. It’s not even close to a debate with me. It’s not even remotely a discussion,” Stroman stated. “I thought this before being around him. After being around him, it just kind of puts it in stone, man. That guy is one of the most elite pitchers that we will ever speak about.
“I can’t wait to be around him for a full year. I think I’m going to learn so much from him. Plus, my body, my mind’s at the best place it’s been in my career. … I actually believe my best years are ahead of me. So, I’m just excited, man.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.