Upon lasting just four innings against the Phillies earlier this month, failing to deliver a quality start for the sixth time in seven tries since joining the Mets, Marcus Stroman defined himself as “extremely frustrated and kind of angry.”
“I definitely wanted to come out hot here, and I haven’t,” Stroman said that night. “I just haven’t been myself here.”
What Stroman wanted to show the Mets is the version of himself that he put on display Tuesday at Coors Field, striking out seven Rockies over seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 Mets win. Perhaps it even signaled the forming of a trend; the outing was not only Stroman’s longest and best in nine starts as a Met, but it came five days after his previous longest and best.