New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman weighed in on the National League MVP race Saturday and had high praise for a division rival.
Stroman tweeted that Washington Nationals star Juan Soto is "the best hitter I've ever faced in my life for sure."
Marcus Stroman @STR0
I’m telling you. He’s the clear cut best hitter I’ve ever faced. You feel like he’s on everything while not even offering at your best pitch slightly out of the zone. He’s a robot that’s not allowed to swing at anything but a strike. Mentally drained after facing him! Lol 😂🤦🏾♂️ <a href="https://t.co/6Lk2Tu2JqD">https://t.co/6Lk2Tu2JqD</a>
Soto boasts a .324/.472/.557 slash line with 29 home runs and 92 RBI through 143 games. The Nationals (64-90) have been eliminated from postseason contention, but it's impossible to ignore Soto's 6.5 WAR, which ranks second among position players on FanGraphs, behind only Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s 6.8.
Two other NL MVP contenders, the Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper (6.5) and San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. (6.2), are right there too.
As Soto continues to hit like this, more pitchers may come around to Stroman's way of thinking.