Mets' Marcus Stroman: Juan Soto 'The Best Hitter I've Ever Faced,' Should Win NL MVP

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 25, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets tags out Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals at third base in the third inning at Nationals Park on September 04, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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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

Soto. I believe he’s the best player in the league. He’s the best hitter I’ve ever faced in my life for sure. When it’s all said and done…he will go down as one of the best players ever in my eyes! <a href="https://t.co/eQfFqAiLKi">https://t.co/eQfFqAiLKi</a>

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.

The 22-year-old has been so good so early in his career that he has already drawn comparisons to Hall of Famer Ted Williams.

As Soto continues to hit like this, more pitchers may come around to Stroman's way of thinking.