Marcus Stroman’s gem leaves a statement on Yankees night headlined by Aaron Judge’s bat

Yankees’ Marcus Stroman is pitching against the Minnesota Twins on May 15, 2024, at Target Field.
Inna Zeyger
Thursday May 16, 2024

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Marcus Stroman delivered a stellar performance on Wednesday, leading the Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Twins. The right-hander earned his third win of the season, tossing six scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and three walks and striking out two batters.

This marks Marcus Stroman’s first win in four starts and his second scoreless outing of the year. He also recorded his third quality start of the season, a much-needed turnaround after surrendering nine runs over his previous 15 innings during a three-start winless streak.

Marcus Stroman’s dominant outing helped the Yankees continue their long-standing dominance over the Twins. He limited the Twins’ offense to a mere double, single, and three walks, effectively shutting them down throughout his six innings on the mound.

With this performance, Marcus Stroman lowered his ERA to 3.33 and now carries a 1.42 WHIP and a 42:25 K: BB ratio over 48.2 innings through nine starts this season. While his 4.6 BB/9 remains a concern, as it is significantly higher than his career average, his 7.8 K/9 is consistent with his career norms.

A perfect rebound for Marcus Stroman

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Marcus Stroman’s stellar performance at Target Field on Wednesday night kept the Twins’ bats silent for six strong innings, while the Yankees‘ offense capitalized on opportunities against Pablo López.

Despite issuing three walks and recording only two strikeouts, Marcus Stroman effectively limited the Twins to just two hits over 91 pitches. The righty navigated through a challenging second inning, working around two walks and a fielding error by teammate Anthony Volpe.

The Yankees’ bullpen sealed the victory, with Luke Weaver and Caleb Ferguson combining for three scoreless innings in relief. Weaver tossed two innings, while Ferguson closed out the game with a perfect ninth.

Marcus Stroman’s outing was a much-needed bounce-back performance after struggling in his last few starts. With this win, he lowered his season ERA to an impressive 3.33.

Interestingly, Marcus Stroman’s May 9 start against the Astros, in which he struck out five batters despite allowing four earned runs, pushed him to the top of a unique leaderboard. With 1,131 career strikeouts, the Yankees pitcher now holds the record for the most strikeouts among pitchers who are 5-7 or shorter since 1901, according to Baseball Reference’s Stathead.com.

Marcus Stroman’s achievement of surpassing Dolf Luque’s strikeout total for pitchers 5-7 or shorter since 1901 may seem like a random stat, but the 33-year-old quickly found significance in the feat. Luque, a Cuban-born right-hander who stood at 5-7, amassed 1,130 strikeouts over his 20-season career with the Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Robins, and New York Giants between 1914 and 1935.

Marcus Stroman, who added two more strikeouts during his six scoreless innings against the Twins on Wednesday night, has found meaning in this unique accomplishment, despite initially being unaware of the milestone.

The Yankees have continued their long-standing dominance over the Twins, outscoring them 9-1 and outhitting them 26-11 in the first two games of the series. With these victories, the Yankees improved their record against the Twins to an impressive 118-44 since 2002, which stands as the best record by any major league club against an intraleague opponent over that 23-season span.

Having won 10 of their last 13 games, the Yankees have also showcased their prowess at Target Field, boasting a 30-15 record at the ballpark. This marks the highest winning percentage by any team to play a minimum of 15 games at the venue over its 15-season history.

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