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NY Mets: 2 players who justified team’s faith and 1 who hasn’t

May 27, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) follows through on a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) follows through on a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are winning baseball games even with a roster about half-past dead. Injuries have limited them greatly yet they have managed to slide into first place and create some separation from the rest of the National League East.

While the team has a few sure things, Jacob deGrom coming to mind most, they also do have a couple of guys who came into this season with doubters. Some have earned our faith while others have not. I’d like to discuss two of the former and one of the latter.

Marcus Stroman has been as good for the Mets as Marcus Stroman advertised he would be

Marcus Stroman talked a big game this offseason. For some, it didn’t come off the best. Stroman chose to sit out in 2020, a decision he made after he logged enough service time to earn a spot among the free agents last winter. His next move was to agree to the qualifying offer and then take to social media to tell the world how fantastic he was at baseball.

Much to the delight of Mets fans, Stroman has been as great as he advertised he would be.

Through 12 starts, Stroman is 5-4 with a 2.41 ERA. Well on his way to a potential career year, anyone who had doubts in Stroman from the start is digging deep into his statistics to find something to dislike about him.

Stroman has a strong personality and I understand why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. However you feel about his social media presence or what he has to say postgame, it’s hard to not have faith in him every fifth day when he takes the mound.

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