Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman takes All-Star snub personal

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 28: Marcus Stroman
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 28: Marcus Stroman /

Toronto Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman spun a 7-inning gem yesterday afternoon versus the league-leading Houston Astros lowering his earned run average to 3.28 while bolstering his All-Star worthy resume.

Marcus Stroman spoke to the media postgame and let everyone know exactly what he thought about his All-Star game snub and questioned why closer Roberto Osuna wasn’t in the contest from day one.

Reporters asked Stroman if he was disappointed he wasn’t going to the midsummer classic to which Stroman responded with this.

"Absolutely, I think I should have been there 100%, I think I have pitched well enough, It’s all I am going to say, I think I should be there 100%."

Stroman went on to say he is a pretty motivated guy and the snub was definitely in the back of his mind when he took the bump yesterday and that he expects a pretty big second half out of himself.

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The 26-year old is 9-5 with a 3.28 ERA along with a 1.26 WHIP while fanning 93 in 18 contests thus far this season. Stroman has hands down been the ace of the Blue Jays staff for the entire first half of the campaign.

Stroman’s pal Chris Archer was just added to the American League squad as a replacement with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.328 WHIP in his 18 starts on the bump this season. The Yankees Luis Severino is also headed to Miami with a 3.54 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 17 starts for New York.

So you can understand why Stroman is upset about the snub. His stats are definitely worthy and in some cases better than the arms representing the AL contingent.

The entire process is a head scratcher seeing Dellin Betances was selected over Roberto Osuna initially, check out the numbers, it isn’t difficult to see which hurler was more deserving of the honour.

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Well, regardless of how it plays out, I like a motivated Stroman with a chip on his shoulder for the second-half. of the season. Definitely should bode well for the Jays moving forward.