Baseball’s aces getting clubbed in playoffs
Somewhere Marcus Stroman has to be wondering what we’re wondering: Can’t anybody pitch in this game?
And in the back of his mind, certainly, he has to be thinking how much more equipped for the post-season he has been when compared with the greatest pitchers in baseball today.
All season long, Corey Kluber and Chris Sale battled for the Cy Young Award. Combined in their post-season start: 7.2 innings pitched, 13 earned runs relinquished and an ERA of 16.25.
Stoman has made five post-season starts for the Jays. He has pitched 52.2 innings in that time, with a 4.40 earned run average. And he’s a better pitcher now than he was then.
That’s hardly Madison Bumgarner stuff, although his playoff numbers from 2014 may never be matched, but Stroman’s numbers are more than competitive.
Even the great Clayton Kershaw, who has lowered his earned run average in nine consecutive seasons with the Dodgers — which by itself is basically impossible — gave up four earned runs in his first playoff start Friday night in 6.1 innings pitched.