The problem with waiting a day to recap a game in a schedule as vigorous as MLB's is that each game has a mood and the mood is ephemeral. The beauty of the last game against the Yankees has now been replaced with the frustration of the game in Boston.
There has long been an argument made that ace pitchers are ace pitchers for the way they pitch when they don't have their best stuff. The measure is how the pitcher can adjust on the fly. How does he centre himself and battle?
The best part of Marcus Stroman's start on Thursday was the fourth inning. Stroman lost his command, threw 34 pitches and looked about ready for Gibby to come get him. Getting out of that spot of bother only giving up two runs was key. Stroman was battling himself and won.
An unleashed John Lott, continuing his stellar work covering the Blue Jays, wrote about Stroman's sinker for Vice Sports. The sinker has been a key pitch in this young season.
One of the ways I got back into baseball was my dad explaining pitching to me. It's still how he explains baseball to people. For instance, my cousin's husband is a Palestinian and wanted to know more about the game, so he went to my dad full of questions. My dad got a baseball in hand and went to work.
I bring this up now because Lott's Stroman article is full of similar pitching talk.