Marcus Stroman downplays added motivation against former Mets: 'I'm really good at what I do'


Marcus Stroman shut down his former team on Wednesday night in windy Chicago, allowing just two runs over eight innings as the Cubs handed the Mets their second straight loss.

Stroman only logged three strikeouts but allowed just four hits in his eight innings of work, dropping his season ERA to 2.95. But the veteran righty insisted that there was no extra incentive or satisfaction after thriving against his former squad.

“It’s always good to go eight innings no matter what,” Stroman said. “I feel like that’s a product of all the hard work that’s been put in.

“I really don't play into it too much, to be honest with you. Younger me may have seen it as a revenge game, but now, I know how to pitch. I’m really good at what I do.”

Stroman has been a bright spot for the Cubs this season, while the Mets search for consistency in their own rotation. But the focus for Stroman on Wednesday was simply on getting batters out, not sticking it to his former team.

“It’s just a matter of getting to the point mechanically,” Stroman said. “Just rolling start after start, and just staying there.”

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