Sep 29, 2018

Jacob deGrom's Bid For The 2018 Cy Young Award

After an amazing eight inning, two hit shut out performance against the Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom closes out one of the Mets best pitching seasons since Dwight Gooden & Tom Seaver.

deGrom finished with an ERA of 1.70 putting him as the 11th qualified starter with an ERA of 1.70 or lower in the last 100 years. That's the 11th best ERA in the majors in the last century. 

Since the mound was lowered in 1969 he is just the third pitcher to have at least 30 starts, toss 210 innings & post a 1.70 ERA. Dwight Gooden posted a 1.53 ERA in 1985 with 276 innings, the other is Zack Greinke. 

At Citi Field he posted a 1.54 ERA & on the road his 1.87 ERA led all pitchers with at least 75 innings of work. In September he posted his third straight month of an ERA below two & his worst month of the year was June where he posted a 2.36 ERA.

He also set an MLB record, with the longest single season streak of starts (29 straight) where a pitcher allowed  three runs or less. Another record set was having his last 24 starts all being quality starts. It is also the third longest quality start streak in history.

In Mets history, his 269 strikeouts were the fourth most ever for a Mets pitcher. The two best single season strike out performances came from Tom Seaver who posted 289 Ks in 1971 & 283 in 1970. Next was Dwight Gooden's 276 Ks in 1985. 

deGrom also reached the 1000th strike out nark, making him the fastest Met to reach that milestone (897 innings).


deGrom has also allowed just 10 HRs & no more that one in any start of 2018. 


In the modern era, he is the only pitcher to post an ERA below 2.00 have 260+ Ks with 50 or fewer walks & allow 10 HRs or less.

Unfortunately he lacked run support from a terrible Mets offense. He went 10-9, in a season where he led the NL with 13 starts in which a pitcher went at least seven innings & allow no more than one run. In those games he was credited with just five wins!

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