Marcus Stroman was raring to go at Wrigley Field when the season began. However, in weeks subsequent, and his two starts so far, he has not had that great of an outing. With the pitcher recording less than ideal stats, the Chicago faithful may not be fully happy with his contribution yet.

But Stroman insists this is only temporary and that over the season his quality will show. And to be fair to him, it has only been a few weeks so far into the season. Maybe he needs some time to settle into the Windy City?


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With Marcus Stroman signed before the lockout, the Cubs were looking well on course for a solid off-season. Having strengthened their pitching, they were also looking to go big for Carlos Correa. With the Twins snagging the superstar shortstop, though, the Cubs didn’t have any offensive signings to show. That changed, however, with the signing of Japanese outfielder, Seiya Suzuki, in the outfield. And while the Cubs have been on a tear offensively, Stroman’s form still leaves some details wanting.

Stroman comments on his form

Marcus Stroman is the newest addition to the Wrigley Field mound, and it shows. In his second start against the Rays, the Stroman went through one of his leanest patches still. On a rainy night in Chicago, Stroman pitched four and a third innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and a couple of walks. And in a rain-curtailed affair, the Rays walked out 8-2 winners in a 5 innings shortened game.

Stroman knew that his pitching had let his team down and acknowledged it after the match. Said Stroman, “I can’t spot my team [four] runs down in the first and expect to get a win.”

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For Stroman, though, this seems to be the second consecutive outing with a disappointing showing. He surrendered five runs in four innings last week against the Rockies. He now looks to his next start and hopefully an improvement with that.


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Said Stroman, “I gotta be better. There’s no one that’s harder on me than myself, and I truly believe that I’ll be better each and every time going forward.”

Looking to put these performances in the rearview mirror, Stroman will look ahead with a real positive mindset. “It’s two bad starts,” Stroman said. “That’s all it is.”


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Do you agree with Marcus? Do you think this is only 2 poor starts or do you think Stroman’s problems leave more to be addressed?


Written by:

Aditya Deshingkar


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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.
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Melroy Fernandes