How Marcus Stroman’s competitive edge boosts Yankees mentality

Marcus Stroman is expected to achieve greater things donning the Yankees shirt

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On Friday afternoon, the manager of the Yankees, Aaron Boone, said to YES Network that the Yankees are different kettles of fish from last season — when the Bronx Bombers ended without even playing a single game in the playoffs.

However, it’s not only the Yankees manager who has put all of one’s eggs in Marcus Stroman’s basket. Be that as it may, Joe Girardi stated last Wednesday that Marcus Stroman is different from the rest of the MLB hitters and the Yankees have a lot of chances to go further than expected during the 2024 season.

So, why does Marcus Stroman bear so much attention on his shoulders? His style of play, plus, his talent has shown in the latest season how good he already is.

Remembering Stroman’s stats in MLB

Beyond any stats, it’s good to drill down and acknowledge that consistency was the word the Yankees didn’t show last season. Otherwise, according to Boone’s words, this is likely one of Stroman’s qualities. “I love the consistency of his career,” Boone said.

“He’s been a performer. He’s been a really reliable starter in this league now, for a long time. And totally confident in his league and where he is — I think he’s, what, 31, 32 years old. He’s one of those guys that commits a lot to his craft and his body and taking care of himself, so I do think he’ll be a guy that remains in top form for a number of years.

Going further into Marcus Stroman’s stats in the 2023 season while wearing the Chicago Cubs’ colors, at Wrigley Field, the 5-foot-7, 180-pound Stroman posted a 9-4 record and 2.28 ERA in his first 16 starts, but a ribcage cartilage injury limited him to nine more starts.

Stroman, who turns 33 on May 1, finished the year at 10-9 with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 119 batters in 136.2 innings and posting a 1.259 WHIP.

Although with a name such as Marcus Stroman on the roster, the Yankees have a ballpark figure to be among the top five most threatful contenders running into lifting the World Series trophy. For even the most pessimistic Yankee fan, it seems as rare as hen’s teeth to achieve. The ball is in Aaron Boone’s court to see whether Marcus Stroman, alongside game-changing figures like Verdugo, Aaron Judge, and Juan, will achieve greater things.

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