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Former Blue Jays Stroman, Sanchez to debut with new teams Saturday

Logical or not, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez appear to be destined to stay linked together.

From both debuting with the Toronto Blue Jays as rookies in the 2014 season to the “Strochez” best friend pairing, through the eventual online falling out of that bromance to its reconciliation on Instagram this year, to both being traded away from Toronto within days of each other, one’s name seems to always follow the other when it comes to news.

As it happens, that trend will continue even as their major league paths now diverge, as both pitchers will make their first start in a new uniform at the same time.

Stroman will be handed the ball for the first time as a member of the New York Mets on Saturday night, and Sanchez will do the same for the Houston Astros at the same time.

The pair of former Blue Jays have diverged in more ways than just playing in new locations.

After Sanchez looked to be the stronger pitcher earlier in their careers — complete with an AL ERA title in 2016 — Stroman has now taken the mantle of the more reliable arm.

This season, Sanchez sports the highest ERA among qualified starters in baseball, with a 6.07 mark in 23 starts. Stroman, on the other hand, boasts one of the best in the league, at 2.96.

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