Base­ball’s aces get­ting clubbed in play­offs

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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.

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