Mickey Callaway: Marcus Stroman Still Needs To 'Settle In' With Mets

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August 29, 2019 - 6:54 pm
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The Mets traded for Marcus Stroman at the deadline to boost an already-strong starting rotation.

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Stroman’s results have been mixed since he was acquired from the Blue Jays, but it’s true that he has yet to show his best stuff in the short time he has spent in Queens. He allowed four earned runs Tuesday against the Cubs and picked up his first loss with his new team.

On Thursday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway joined John Jastremski and Bart Scott as they filled in for Mike Francesa on WFAN. Callaway assured fans that they’ll see the real Marcus Stroman just as soon as he settles in to his new surroundings.

“He just needs to settle in,” said Callaway. “He’s in a new spot. He’s in a new town. It’s exciting for him, he wants to do so well for the fans. He just needs to settle in and find himself as a New York Met, and he’ll be just fine … no matter what the results are, he’s competing out there big time. And we’ve won a lot of the game that he has started just because he keeps on fighting … when he starts clicking, you watch out.”

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Overall, Stroman is 7-12 this season with a 3.29 ERA. Since joining the Mets, he is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.

Stroman is from Long Island, but after five-and-a-half years in Toronto he still has to adjust to his new team and new teammates. His acquisition was a bit surprising, as some expected the Mets to be sellers at the trade deadline. Brodie Van Wagenen chose not to sell, and the team rewarded him by continuing to play its way into playoff contention.

But now the Mets have faltered a bit lately. The team has lost five games in a row and faces some crucial games coming up against the Phillies and Nationals, who are also battling for a wild-card spot.

New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field
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New York is now five games back in that wild-card race, but Callaway says his team doesn’t know how to give up.

“We have to keep on grinding it out … we never give up. We never will. That’s not in this team’s DNA. We have to keep on fighting and continue to put ourselves in a good position where we can do something special.”

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