Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been a blessing in an up-and-down Toronto pitching rotation.
The 23-year old young gun pitched seven strong innings and allowed one hit as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 8-0, Thursday afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON.
Stroman threw the Red Sox hitters off balance in seven efficient innings, including six hitless innings before he sacrificed a hit to Boston outfielder Shane Victorino at the beginning of the 7th inning.
The righty struck out seven batters to add to his impressive start for the Jays. Even though Stroman was pitching a lights out game, his pitch count was high at 97 so he was forced to come out the last two innings of the game.
Stroman has come a long way since his call-up to the majors on May 4 from Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons.
The young pitcher struggled out of the bullpen for Toronto at first but since his first official start in the majors on May 31 he has been everything and more for the Jays.
Since his first start in May, Stroman has started 10 games and in those games he has five wins and 48 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays hurler has only allowed more than two runs in a start twice and has not allowed a run in two straight starts along with giving up only five hits.
Stroman can certainly be the strong arm that Toronto hopes can make it in their stretch run to the postseason.
The Jays have set the Red Sox down a peg in what was one of the first big-time series in the first full week of the second half of the 2014 season, with an added bonus of taking three of four games in a four-game series this week.
It’s nearly impossible for Boston to climb out of the AL East basement and with them nine games out of first place it could be down to the Orioles, Jays, Yankees, and Rays for the AL East crown.
Toronto has crept that much closer to the first place team, the Orioles, with Toronto only 2 ½ games (3 on the loss side) behind Baltimore at the moment.
The Jays won’t be seeing the Orioles for another week and a half (three-game showdown in Toronto starting August 5) but will make sure to keep their closeness in the AL East Race.
The way Stroman is pitching, it is very likely he make his way up to the #3 starter in the rotation behind fellow Jays pitchers Mark Buerhle and R.A. Dickey.
American League playoff races are enticing and the Toronto Blue Jays will be in the middle of all the action.