PORT ST. LUCIE – If the Mets stuck a "C" on Marcus Stroman's shirt, it would not be the team captain, but perhaps the most confident player in the organization.
During a 10-minute meeting with reporters on Thursday, the right-hander said he had the best core muscles and the best sinker in the league and was keen to dominate.
"I'm not afraid of anything," said Stroman. "I'm not afraid of anyone. I look forward to rocking. "
After 4-2 with 3.77 ERA in 11 starts for the Mets after his takeover of the Blue Jays at the close of trading, Stroman is looking for an outbreak in 2020. In a deep rotation with lengthy Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the 5-foot -7 Stroman tries to remind everyone that he too can be a power.
The Mets acquired Stroman, who is entering his hiking year, as an insurance policy against Zack Wheeler, who is leaving after last season. And Wheeler has accepted a five-year contract from the Phillies worth $ 118 million. Brodie Van Wagenen, General Manager of Mets, decided to fill from the back of the press, adding veterans Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha.
Stroman's best job for the Mets came in September when he reached an ERA of 2.91 after a rocky first month after trading six starts.
"I just think that every time you are traded, it will be a whirlwind for me for the first time, so if you just settle down and get into the routine of things, it will be a little difficult," said Stroman. "When I felt I had settled in, I felt pretty good and I kind of want to carry over the past year to this year."
To improve his off-season training, Stroman hired Nikki Huffman, who previously worked for the Blue Jays, as his personal trainer and strength trainer. Stroman attributes Huffman the improvement in core strength, which is central to his success. Stroman's exercises include "crawling bears", where he puts a glass of wine on his back. Stroman crawls on his hands and feet with his weight without spilling the wine.
"My biggest thing I preach in pitching is the stability, flexibility and mobility of nuclear power. So the bear creep is at the highest level because I can do this with a wineglass of stability," said Stroman. "I always focus on that. … I think I have the best core in the league. I've invested a lot of work, so I'm extremely stable. "
Stroman knocked out 159 Batters over 184 ½ innings last season and wants this amount to increase.
"I could beat people more. I also have the best sinker in the league so I can keep the ball on the ground with the best, ”he said. "It's just a balance between what I want to do. I think I will have the ability to do both this year: keep the ball on the ground and also increase my strikeouts, which will be pretty difficult but as long as I keep the walks down, it's kind of an emphasis, I think I should roll. "
Stroman said that a "calm mind" was the key to his success.
"I am very conscious and it is something that I focus on, whether it is reading, whether it is meditating, whether it is finding whatever it is to find my peace of mind," said Stroman. "I know that when I'm mentally in a good place, I'm pretty unstoppable. So that's the biggest thing I always focus on."
"My confidence never fluctuates. I think I'm the best in the field when I'm always out there. This is how I was raised by my father and I will continue to be so that trust remains the same in any case. "