Marcus Stroman's first abbreviated season in a Mets uniform now seems to be at it's end.
The right-hander went 6.0 innings on Friday against Atlanta, allowing just two earned runs while striking out eight. He left the game with the Mets holding a two-run lead.
Stroman's 11 starts with the Mets were steady, but he never seemed to get in the same kind of groove that led him to a 2.96 ERA with the Blue Jays prior to being traded at the deadline. In those 11 starts, Stroman compiled 59.2 innings, pitching to a 3.77 ERA. He struck out 60 hitters while walking just 24, but opponents collectively hit .278 against him coming into Friday's start.
"I feel great, especially coming off of last year, I feel like I put together a really good year, a solid year," Stroman said after the game. "I'm thankful to be a Met and excited to get to spring training next year and have a full year here.
"I like where I'm at. I feel extremely strong. I know what I'm capable of doing, and once I kind of develop a rapport here with the guys and have a full spring training, I think I'm going to be even better."
Stroman pitched into the seventh inning just once this season as a Met, but it came during his best start post trade. The right-hander went 7.0 scoreless innings against the Rockies on September 17 at Coors Field.
The Mets went 8-3 in his 11 starts, and even though they came up short in their second-half surge towards the playoffs, Stroman believes that next year's team could be something special.
"I honestly want to say thank you to Brodie (Van Wagenen), the Wilpons, the entire Mets organization for bringing me here, making me a Met, making the transition extremely easy," Stroman said. "The staff here is amazing, and I love everything about being here, so I'm excited to work this offseason, get a full offseason with the squad, build the rapport that we've been building and head into next year. We have a special group here.
"I think people saw a glimpse of how special we could be, just kind of going down the stretch there. We were a team that wasn't even expected to put a push on, and we put together an incredible stretch of games. With Pete (Alonso), with (Jeff) McNeil, with (Amed) Rosario, you have such a good foundation of guys. I think we can be extremely special, and I'm not just saying that. With the staff that we have, I think we can be one of the best in baseball."