Mets' Marcus Stroman looks ready for season after year off: 'My arm and my body feel great'

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Marcus Stroman fires a pitch during spring training game March 2 2021 front view close crop
Marcus Stroman fires a pitch during spring training game March 2 2021 front view close crop

Marcus Stroman put together another solid outing in his third appearance this spring for the Mets.

Stroman threw 58 pitches in 3.1 innings Friday against the Marlins, allowing four hits, one walk and one run, while striking out four.

"I feel great man, it's truly just about getting the reps in and getting the work in, making sure the pitch count stays high, turning innings over, turning lineups over," Stroman said after the game. "So it's all good work man. Working on a few things out there, working on throwing a few new pitches where I want. But my arm and my body feel great. Just getting my routine and get ready for my next start."

Stroman started the game a bit shaky, allowing two hits and a run in the first inning, but combined with his arm and the play of his defense, he calmed things down over the next few innings.

Some pitchers depend on the guys they have on defense around them, but Stroman doesn't feel the need to ask for anything extra.

"It totally doesn't matter man, it's not something I'd ever ask for," Stroman said on how good the guys behind him need to be. "I just compete and I love everybody that I have behind me who's ever out there on the field, and I truly have the confidence in every single guy to get the job done. So that's something that honestly never enters my mind."

The righty is looking to get things back to normal after missing an entire year of pitching this past season.

Stroman was one of the bigger names across MLB to opt out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which halted spring training and pushed off the season deep into July.

"To be honest man, I don't remember much," Stroman said about the day everything shut down one year ago. "I just remember being super shocked, everyone being like 'what's going on, what's happening next?' and no really knew honestly what to do.

"It's good to be a year removed from there and kind of transition back to normal times."