Strom pitched for five seasons in the majors, breaking in with the New York Mets in 1972 and finishing with the San Diego Padres in 1977. He compiled a 22-39 career record with a 3.95 ERA. He pitched in just 11 games as a Met and spent 1973 as a member of the Cleveland Indians, going 2-10 with a 4.61 ERA in 27 games. He pitched in the minors in 1974 then returned to the big leagues with the Padres in 1975. He won eight games that year and had a career-low 2.54 ERA. Strom made 33 starts for San Diego in 1976 and won 12 of them. He also posted a 3.29 ERA in 210 innings. Despite these promising seasons, an arm injury derailed Strom’s career. He pitched in just eight games for San Diego in 1977 and never returned to the majors. In 1978 he was the second person to have “Tommy John” surgery. His career continued in the minors through 1981, but never could get back to the big leagues.
Strom’s first game came on July 31, 1972 at Shea Stadium in New York against the Montreal Expos. He made the start for the Mets and pitched six-and-two-thirds innings, giving up two hits and striking out seven. He did not get a decision.
Strom has worked as a pitching coach since retiring as a player. He is currently the Houston Astros pitching coach and was a member of the team that won the 2017 World Series.
Brent Strom – career stats