playoffs 2015: Jays turn to Stroman, 'perfect guy' to even series, in Game 2

Sep 29, 2021 上海千花网论坛

TORONTO — The ace the Blue Jays imported let them down, so Toronto has to turn to the ace it drafted to just about save the season in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday.Marcus Stroman cannot truly be called an ace yet, not with only 157 2/3 innings under his belt in the major leagues. The 2012 first-round draft pick does have the stuff of an ace, though, and after the right-hander was expected to miss the entire season with a torn ACL, he returned in September to go 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA, allowing only 20 hits and six walks while striking out 18 hitters in 27 innings. MORE: scoreboard |  Best ALDS photos | Price's playoff struggles continue In his postseason debut, Stroman’s responsibility is to do what David Price, the Cy Young candidate who arrived from Detroit in a deadline trade, could not: keep the Rangers in the ballpark. And where Price was unable to outduel Yovani Gallardo, Stroman faces the tougher task of matching up with Cole Hamels, the ace the Rangers added at the trade deadline.“You always look forward to the days that Stro’s pitching,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after his team’s 5-3 defeat in the franchise's first playoff game since 1993, when Stroman was a 2-year-old on Long Island. “There’s something about him, he always rises to the occasion, so we feel really good. We’ve got our work cut out for us with Hamels, no doubt. We dropped that first one at home, it’s important we win at home. So, yeah, tomorrow’s a big game for us, but really, the perfect guy’s going.” Related News playoffs 2015: Best photos from the American League Division Series MORE: postseason schedule | Donaldson, Bautista leave gameThe stakes of Stroman’s start would have been high even had the Blue Jays won Game 1, because the goal of any road team is to get a split in the two games on the road. Now, if Stroman falters, the Rangers will head back to Texas needing just one win on their home field to advance to the ALCS.“This is definitely the biggest start of my career, hands down,” Stroman said. “But I’m ready for it, you know what I mean? This is why you play the game. I can’t wait to get out there. This is the stuff you dream about, and this is kind of — all the work that went in this past summer, it was for this moment, so I’m just excited to go out there and

put my team in a position to win.”The good news for Toronto is that Stroman has reliably done that. All four of his appearances this season were victories, and so were four of his final six appearances last year, including  a four-inning save in which he allowed no runs and one hit. The stakes go up on Friday, but Gibbons may be right that Stroman is the perfect guy. Regardless of whether that’s true, it’s his job to do it again.Friday's AL games (all times ET): Rangers at Blue Jays, 12:30 p.m. (Rangers lead series 1-0); Astros at Royals, 3:30 p.m. (Astros lead series 1-0)Friday's NL games: Cubs at Cardinals, 6:30 p.m. ET; Mets at Dodgers, 9:30 p.m. ET; first game in both series

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