Mets' Marcus Stroman on fans attending games: 'That New York crowd brings a different vibe to the ballpark'

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Marcus Stroman with green hat other angle
Marcus Stroman with green hat other angle

Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman threw five innings against the Washington Nationals in Thursday's spring training game, striking out six batters and allowing just two hits.

He spoke to media via Zoom after the game to discuss how he's feeling so far during spring training.

"No, I feel great," Stroman said. "Put in a lot of work in the offseason, so my body and my arm, everything feels great. Like I said, these are just reps, so getting the ups and downs, turning lineups over, and just getting ready for the season is the main goal."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday morning that outdoor sports venues can host with 20 percent capacity starting on April 1, meaning the Mets and Yankees both will allow fans to attend Opening Day.

Stroman expressed his and the team's feeling towards having fans back at games, and explained what that energy can do for the team throughout the season.

"Yeah we need that, we need that," Stroman said. "I think that New York tenacity, that New York crowd brings a different vibe to the ballpark. That's something every single guy in this clubhouse is looking forward to, kind of getting towards the end of the year and seeing that population in the stands starting to increase. We know that that energy, we kind of feed off of. And we know it creates an environment that's hard for opponents to play in as well.

"We want the fans there as much as possible. Obviously we know protocols and everything going on in the world, that's first and foremost as far as safety and health. Even down here, we're starting to get fans in the stands and it's awesome. People yelling, cheering, and it's starting to bring that environment back to ballparks and it's awesome to see."

Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco suffered a hamstring strain during Thursday's workout, as Stroman would touch on what he's seen from Carrasco so far and how important he is to the pitching rotation.

"Yeah I just found out man, pretty much right when I was coming over here," Stroman said. "It's devastating man. I see how hard Carrasco works man, and obviously we need him in the rotation I think to be elite. I want him in the rotation badly. I know how special he is, I know how great he's been for his career. So I'm hoping this is just a small stepping stone, I'm hoping he proceeds through this, and we can get him back fairly early man. Even if he has to get healthy over this, if he doesn't make the Opening Day, I think it's ore important to put an emphasis on health and make sure he's good for those starts after."

Despite potentially losing Carrasco for a period of time, Stroman is not worried because of the pitching rotation's depth. He sees Jordan Yamamoto, Joey Lucchesi, and David Peterson all as legit starters, and has faith in them to do their jobs.

"Yeah I definitely think that if there's a team that can put up with having a few starters out for a bit, it's us," Stroman said. "Because like you said, I think we have so much depth. Guys who have done it at the big league level for so long, Yamamoto, Lucchesi, Peterson. Those guys are great man. Those guys can be threes, fours, and fives in other rotations in the big leagues. We have the utmost confidence in every single one of those guys to come in and do their job. And obviously, we'll be waiting for Carrasco to get back because he's a huge plus to our staff."