Marcus Stroman (32, Chicago Cubs), who is eligible for free agency after this season, is having his best year in his nine-year major league career.
In 15 games through Sept. 19, Stroman is 8-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 91 2/3 innings pitched. He has 78 strikeouts.
Notably, Stroman has pitched a quality start or better in each of his last five games, all of which have resulted in wins.
Since suffering his fourth loss of the season on March 15 against the Minnesota Twins, Stroman has improved to 8-4 in five starts and lowered his ERA from 3.24 to 2.45.
Notably, Stroman has recorded a quality start in 13 of his 15 starts this season. That’s the best record of any pitcher in the majors right now.토토사이트
He’s only had one dominant start (eight innings of one earned run or less), but he’s been consistently good.
As a result, Stroman is being considered for the National League Cy Young Award alongside Clayton Kershaw and teammate Justin Verlander. Right now, Stroman is the favorite.
If he keeps up the momentum, this season will be a career high for Stroman. His previous career high came in 2019, when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets.
In that season, Stroman pitched 184 1/3 innings in 32 games, going 10-13 with a 3.22 ERA and earning his first career All-Star honor.
Marcus Stroman. Photo by Getty Images
Stroman’s contract with the Cubs is guaranteed through the 2024 season. However, he can opt out after this season and hit free agency.
Stroman will be 33 years old in 2024, which means it’s his last chance to sign a big contract. There’s no guarantee he’ll still be pitching well in 2024.
So Stroman will be looking for one last big contract in free agency after this season. Adding a Cy Young Award to his resume will increase his asking price considerably.