This is exactly the Marcus Stroman the Mets thought they were getting at the trade deadline.
After a string of up-and down starts to begin his Mets career, the right-hander was dominant on Tuesday night at Coors Field, tossing seven shutout innings in the Mets' 6-1 victory.
Stroman allowed just four hits, all singles, and only allowed one runner in scoring position all night. He kept the ball down and threw 61 of his 95 pitches for strikes, as he struck out seven while walking just one.
"I've been feeling pretty good," Stroman said after the game. "I just feel like I've made adjustments over the past two weeks, kind of changed my delivery, my mechanics a bit and I feel like it's paying off. I compete, I battle regardless. I just felt like I had everything rolling. Me and (Wilson) Ramos were on a really good pace as far as sequencing and as far as pitch calling. I just feel like our sequences today were awesome."
Stroman also said that he made a change with how he throws his cutter, and that change has worked out well.
"I figured something out with my cutter, so I'm exciting going forward," Stroman said. "I felt like I could throw my sinker or cutter in any count to anybody, and I feel like they're good pitches when I'm keeping them down in the zone.
"It's a bunch of things- delivery, grip, there's a bunch of things that go into executing pitches. So, I'm on it, man. I'm working daily just to make myself better each and every start."
After the game, skipper Mickey Callaway said this is exactly what the Mets have been hoping to see out of the pitcher they acquired at the July 31 deadline.
"This is what I've seen from him in the past. It's keeping the ball down, executing pitches, pitch after pitch. He did a heck of a job and you can tell his confidence is high and he's getting on a roll."
"Today I thought that he did a really good job of not giving in and throwing it over the plate, because they kept on expanding the zone a little bit."
Over his last two outings, Stroman has gone a combined 13.1 innings allowing just one earned run. In those two starts, he's allowed just eight hits while striking out 13.
The right-hander continues to look more and more comfortable in a Mets uniform.
"This group is amazing," Stroman said about his teammates. "Honestly, we show up with the same confidence every day. I think we can rattle off some wins here. I think we can get hot. I think everyone believes that, so it's just a matter of going out there and doing it."