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Mets: Three Marcus Stroman predictions for the 2021 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 17: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 17: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Marcus Stroman #7 of the New York Mets in action against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 12, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 11-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Second All-Star Game Appearance

Stroman had a strong first half of 2019 when he was selected to his first career All-Star game. After struggling the year before in 2018 and missing time due to injury, he came out of the gate strong and was selected to the All-Star team as a result.

Taking out the 2018 season where he missed time to in injury, the seasons surrounding it in 2017 and 2019 proved to be very strong. Stroman posted ERA’s of 3.09 in 201 innings and 3.22 in 184.1 innings. He proved that when healthy he can be a solid pitcher and easily worthy of an All-Star game nod.

Going into the 2021 season should be no different for Stroman as he did not play in the shortened 2020 season and had all the much more time to focus on his health and work on the mound to get even better.

With 2019 his most recent full season of being fully healthy, it is a good sign of what kind of pitcher Stroman truly is. His first-half ERA was a strong 3.18 ERA in 104.2 innings which is definitely deserving of an All-Star game selection.

Stroman is more than capable of duplicating that same success again in 2021 which is exactly why I see him in the All-Star game.

Although he struggled a little when the Mets acquired him, he settled in nicely with a 2.91 ERA in September and October. Once he got settled in and comfortable he was a great pitcher and now that he will start the season with the Mets and already be settled in, he should be just as good.

Stroman’s expected nice first half will continue into the second half as well, with my third and final prediction for him in 2021.

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