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Marcus Stroman dominates Royals, is wowed by Blue Jays’ offense

May 31, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman made his first career major league start on Saturday against the Royals and was very impressive. The right-hander limited the opposition to one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts over six innings.

Stroman was more impressed by the Blue Jays’ offense, however. The Jays banged out 12 runs on 14 hits and four walks, bringing their runs per game average up to 5.04, second-best in the American League. Shockingly, they didn’t hit any home runs, only the second time the Jays went homerless in the last two weeks.

After the game, Stroman told the media just how impressive the Jays’ bats were:

  1. proudlycanadian - May 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    The first 8 Toronto batters in the game reached first base safely. Two of those 8 were hit by a pitch. No hard words were exchanged. No fisticuffs. Nobody was tossed from the game. I do feel sorry for the young Royals pitcher who was also making his major league start. Stroman began the second inning with a seven run lead. Todd Redmond pitched the last 3 innings for the Jays and consequently, registered his first major league save.

    • paint771 - May 31, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Yeah. Felt bad for the kid. KC called Aaron Brooks up to start the day before the game, he goes out there and can’t retire a batter before the lineup turns over, gives up 7 runs with three walks and two hit by pitches, and can’t get out of the first inning.

      His Major League stat line now after one start and and one relief appearance: 2.2 innings pitched, 5.63 WHIP, 43.88 ERA.

      As for Stroman, I was a little surprised he did as well as he did. His relief appearances when the Jays were getting his feet wet were nothing special at best and somewhat alarming at worst, and his minor league starts when he went down to stretch out weren’t very good either. But he got it done tonight. If he can stick in the rotation with any kind of consistency that would be huge for the Jays this year.

      • groupofsevenrules - May 31, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        I think Stroman was jittery during his first short stint. Shuffling back to Buffalo for a week or so gave him a chance to gather himself up, take a deep breath and come back with focus and resolve. He walked out there today determined to do what he can do. He looked more sure of himself.

        I’m chuffed. It’s too early to tell if we have a stud on our hands but I definitely think we have a solid middle of the rotation starter in our future in this kid.

  2. wilmyers09 - May 31, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    bluejays on peds

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 31, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      I thought posters who constantly troll gets banned from here these days?

      • proudlycanadian - May 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Do you want to give wilmyers some slack since he is only 9 years old?

      • renaado - May 31, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        wilmyers09 is harmless man, the way he writes his statements is somethin we could care a lot less. But damn this guy is surely fun to watch him see write statements like this. Well one thing for sure though, annoyance is surely somethin to get banned for. Really hope the worse doesn’t happen.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 31, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Meh, seems like a dirtyharry clone

    • proudlycanadian - May 31, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Your spelling is off. The correct spelling is “poutine”.

    • Shayna - May 31, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      That’s some unusual nervous tic you’ve got there, wil. You might want to see someone about that.

  3. wilmyers09 - May 31, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    proudlycanadian dude i am 17 stfu

    • renaado - May 31, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Friendly advise..

      If you’re truly 17, please make your statements understandable. Really hard to tell if you’re one though… If your not a native English speaker like me then that’s understandable. Our age gap is just one year apart so… uhh… Just make it understandable, and put more punctuation marks to the ones that needed.

    • nbjays - May 31, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      You’d have been better off keeping quiet. If we thought you were 9 and you act like you’re 12, then we think you are mature for your age. But when you are really 17 and act like you’re 12…

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:28 AM

      Your screen name and behaviour both imply that you are 9. It might help if you developed a reasoned narrative rather than the simplistic and bombastic approach you have resorted to.

      Have you ever heard of our secret weapon called “poutine”? Chefs are now coming up with gourmet versions of this comfort food.

      • Old Gator - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Yep, including the smoked meat poutine at Caplansky’s. Oh boy. Cardiac arrest with a smile.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        You got it.

  4. wilmyers09 - May 31, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Renaado i am sorry for the way i acted towards u shouldnt have said that truce man??

    • renaado - May 31, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      I think that should be headed to PC man not me. You never made one to me anyways that you should be sorry for, nor would I take it seriously even if you made one.

  5. papajack1259 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    I would caution all Toronto fans that baseball is a long long season lots of things happen these guys are not the 27 Yankees we have yet to reach the all star game a blown elbow a sprained wrist a pulled groin …point made

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