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Jacob deGrom continues to be ridiculous

Jul 23, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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Jacob deGrom had to work his butt off to get where he is. A converted shortstop, he has climbed through the Mets system for the past three seasons, pitching well at times, but never getting the press or the push that his better-pedigreed colleagues like Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler andNoah Syndergaard have received. And for good reason, of course. His stuff is not as noteworthy. He’s already 26. It’s not like he had “superstar” stamped on his forehead.

But whatever his promise is and whatever his future holds, his recent performance has been quite a thing. Last night he allowed one run in seven innings while striking out seven in beating the Mariners. Over his last six starts he’s 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA. He’s 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA over his past three, walking three and striking out 26 in those three games. Last night he was particularly dominant, dialing it up to a consistent 94 m.p.h. and getting 14 swings-and-misses from M’s batters.

Is this indicative of what he’ll always do? Doubtful. But he’s been quite a revelation for the Mets this season. And just the latest bit of evidence that the Mets’ future is looking pretty bright.


  1. yahmule - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    K/BB ratios by month:

    May: 2.08
    June: 1.67
    July: 6.80

    He is clearly doing something differently this month.

    • arrow43050 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      yahmule, i’d say your ability to identify numbers that are different from each other are nearly unparalleled.

  2. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    i just picked him up in fantasy, so that means he’ll either get hurt or shellacked next start.

    • thomas844 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Hey, Reds fan here. Can you also pick up Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, and Andrew McCutchen on your team by any chance?

  3. dondada10 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Great to see deGrom getting some love. Plus, he’s already gotten his Tommy John Surgery out of the way.

  4. bluemoonking - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    I saw him pitch last night at Safeco and he was VERY impressive. He throws strikes and most were first pitch strikes. He threw down in the zone most of the night. It was text book. I think he walked only one. He topped out at 95mph. Again, it was text book pitching.

  5. jerze2387 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    He’s by far still the best shortstop on the mets

    • raynman49 - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      And, he can hit!

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