Nov 27, 2019

Sam Haggerty: Mets2019 September Call Up (2019)

Samuel Onofrio Haggerty was born on May 26th 1994 in Phoenix, Arizona. His family relocated to Denver, Colorado where he attended high School. He then attended the University of New Mexico becoming a stand out baseball player. The five foot eleven switch hitter is mostly an fielder with good speed on the bases.

He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians as a 24th round draft pick in 2015. In 2016 he completed his first full year at the A ball level. By 2018 he advanced through AA Akron with the Rubber Ducks for 87 games to the AAA Columbus Clippers for seven games. 

On January 6th 2019 he along with Walter Lockett, got traded to the New York Mets for catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Haggerty began the year with the Brooklyn Cyclones, but after six games he was promoted to the AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies. 

In 68 games his defense was excellent, as he batted .259 with 19 stolen bases in 23 attempts & 39 runs scored. Late in the summer he was promoted to AAA Syracuse, seeing action in 12 games batting .310 with 4 steals a HR 9 RBIs & 9 runs scored.

On September 1st he got the big league call up to the Mets. Haggerty debuted on September 4th, as a pinch runner. On September 6th, he came in to pinch run for Todd Frazier & scored his first run on a Pete Alonso base hit. The Mets went on to a 5-4 win over the Phillies. 

In his next game on September 11th, he stuck out in his first at bat. 

On September 14th, he scored another run after coming in to pinch run for Brandon Nimmo. A Rajai Davis doubled cleared the loaded bases as the Mets went on to a 3-0 win over the LA Dodgers. 

Overall he got play in 11 games, going 0-4 at the plate with three strike outs. He played two games in the outfield (8 innings overall) & one game at second base (one inning).

Nov 21, 2019

Shawn Green: 2006 N.L. Eastern Champion Mets Outfielder (2006-2007)

Shawn David Green was born on November 10, 1972 in Des Plaines, Illinois. The six foot four left handed hitter, won a baseball scholarship to Sanford University. 

In 1991 he was the Toronto Blue Jays #1 pick, the 16th pick overall. He had an impressive minor league career winning the International League batting title in 1994, batting .341 with a .401 on base %, 13 HRs & 61 RBIs. 

He was voted the IL’s top hitting prospect & the league's best outfield throwing arm. He was the Blue Jays Minor League Player of the Year & was named one of Baseball Americas top prospects.

Green was brought up for a cups of coffee in the 1993 Blue Jays championship season (3 games) & again in 1994. He began in Toronto coming in fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, he would go on to hit over thirty doubles five straight seasons as well. 

By 1995 he was a fixture in the Blue Jays outfield for the next five seasons. He put up bigger numbers each year & by the hitting rich days of the late 1990’s Green was one of the leagues better hitters.

In 1998 he hit 35 HRs with 100 RBIs, following that up with a bigger 1999 season. He led the league in extra base hits (87), doubles (45) & total bases (361) hitting 42 HRs (5th in the AL) with 123 RBIs (6th in the AL) & a .309 batting average. He was second in the AL with 134 runs scored & ninth with 190 hits. Green made his first All Star team & came in fifth in the MVP voting. 

In early April he became just the third player to hit a HR in the fifth deck of the Skydome, measured at 450 feet. Although he lacked speed, Green was a good outfielder with a decent throwing arm early on, he led the league in assists in 1995 & had double figures in that category twice. He led all right fielders in fielding percentage (.997%)& was second in put outs (.336).

He was about to enter the final year of his contract in Toronto as was his friend, Carlos Delgado. The team had to react & with Green wanting to move closer to his California roots a deal was made. 

In November 1999 Green was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Raul Mondesi & Pedro Borbon Jr.

Green would spend five seasons in L.A. hitting over 40 HRs twice, while driving in 99 runs or better three times. He set Dodger records for a left hander with his RBI totals begin inning in 1999.

In 2000 he was on base for 53 straight games, falling five times short of former Dodger; Duke Snider's modern day NL record. Green's best season in Los Angeles was 2001; when he hit .297 with 49 HRs (4th in the NL) 31 doubles & 125 RBIs (9TH in the NL).

That season he made a decision to sit out a game on Yom Kippur, the most religious Jewish Holiday, after he had played in 415 straight games. He felt it was the right thing to do out of respect & to set an example to children. He also donated a day’s pay ($75,000) to victims of families of the 911 attacks in New York City.

On May 23rd, 2002 he had a record setting day in Milwaukee in a game against the Brewers. Green hit four HRs with seven RBIs, gathering up six hits, five runs scored & had four extra-base hits in the game. 

He hit another HR the next day & two more the following day, while driving in six more runs. He broke a three game HR record & finished off the week hitting nine HRs in the week, also an NL record.

He finished the year with 42 HRs 31 doubles, 114 RBIs, a .385 on base % while batting .285. He made the NL All Star team & was fifth in the MVP voting. The next season he began to suffer from tendinitis & his power numbers began to fall off. He hit just 19 HRs with 85 RBIs but did hit a career high 49 doubles.

In 2004 he moved over to play first base & hit 28 HRs. He batted .266 with 85 RBIs, helping the Dodgers to the playoffs. In his first ever post season he hit three HRs in the 2004 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. That off season he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Dioner Navarro & three minor leaguers.

He remained steady batting .286 with 22 HRs 37 doubles & 83 RBIs in 2005. In 2006 he had played in 115 games with Arizona, batting .283 with 11 HRs & 51 RBIs when he was traded to the New York Mets on August 22nd 2006 for AAA pitcher Evan Maclane.

In his career Green had three seasons of 40 plus HRs, four 100 plus RBI seasons & three forty plus doubles seasons. But those were during baseballs live ball era of the late nineties/early 2000's. Green hit over 30 doubles eleven times, & hit over .280 nine times. A free swinger, he struck out over 100 times seven seasons in his career & is 105th all time with 1315 K’s.

Trivia: Green would come to bat & have the song "Be Yourself" by Audioslave played. 

By the time got to the Mets he was striking out much less & in 2006 only went down swinging 15% of his at bats. He was lured to New York by his close friend, Carlos Delgado. The two became buddies in their years spent together in Toronto, Delgado was even best man at his wedding. He arrived in New York with the Mets 14 1/2 games in first place in the NL East.

Green got a standing ovation in his first at bat at Shea Stadium on August 24th & got a hit in his second Mets at bat. He played mostly in right field, after the main starting spot had been vacant since the Mets traded Xavier Nady to Pittsburgh. 

On September 6th he hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader, while gathering up six hits total, in a twin bill sweep of the Atlanta Braves. He closed out the season with hittting two HRs the final week, both against the Washington Nationals. He also had five hits in the last two games of the regular season.

Overall In 34 games since arriving in New York, Green hit .257 with 4 HRs 9 doubles 8 walks & 15 RBIs. Post Season; In the 2006 playoffs, Green tied for the Mets team lead with three doubles, and hit .313, which was second best on the team.

2006 Post Season: In the NLDS against his old Los Angeles Dodger club, he saw action in all three games going 3-9. In Game #3 he had a pair of hits drove in two runs off pitcher Greg Maddox. 

2006 NLCS: In the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, he played in all seven games batting .304 (7-23).

In Game #4 at St. Louis, he had two hits including a 6th inning RBI single scoring Carlos Beltran. In the next at bat Jose Vaentin would drive Green home in the Mets 12-5 win. In Game #6 at Shea Stadium, he had a 4th inning RBI single which brought home Beltran with the Mets second run of the game in their 4-2 win, sending the series to a Game #7.

2007: In 2007 the Mets declined an option to keep Green on the team for two more years, instead he got a one year deal. He had a strong April batting .355 with 15 RBIs. He had four multiple RBI games, including a stretch of bringing in a run in four straight games during the opening week of the season. 

By the end of May he had 5 HRs with 22 RBIs & was batting .314 when he fouled a ball off his foot chipping a bone. It was the first time in his career he was on the DL. He missed almost three weeks, returning in mid June.

On June 25th he hit a walk off HR off St. Louis’ Russ Springer for a dramatic 2-1 Mets victory. On August 8th he went 4-4 in a game against the Atlanta Braves his best muti hit game on the season. 

On the season he played in 130 games, batting .291 (fourth best batting average on the team) with 10 HRs 30 doubles 37 walks a .352 on base % & 46 RBIs but the Mets missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. At the end of the season he chose to retire at age 36 to be with his family.

In his career he made two All Star teams, won a Gold Glove (1999) a Silver Slugger (1999) & played in two post seasons. He finished his 15 year career batting .283 with 2003 hits 328 HRs (111th all time). 

445 doubles (111th all time) 35 triples, 1070 RBIs (234th all time) 744 walks, 808 extra base hits (114th all time) a .355 on base % & 1129 runs scored. He struck out often 1315 times which is 132nd most all time.

Overall Green played in 1951 games, 1733 in the outfield. In the right field he played 1630 games (21st most all time) with 3956 put outs (24th most all time) posting a .986 fielding% (37th best all time) with 83 assists (76th all time). 

Family:  Shawn Green's grandfather actually shortened the family name from Greenberg to Green many years ago. 

In 2002 he married Lindsay Bear in a mixed Christian & Jewish wedding. They have two daughters Presley Taylor & Chandler Rose.

Charities: Green assists in several charities including Juvenile Diabetes, the Special Olympics, Parkinson's Foundation & United Jewish Federation. While in NY he donated $180 to UJA for every run he drove in.

Retirement: Green retired to Orange County California. with his wife & daughters. He was inducted to the Orange County Jewish Hall of Fame & received the Hank Greenberg Sportsmanship Award in 2004.

Nov 20, 2019

Gary Disarcina: Italian / American Mets Third Base Coach (2019)

Gary Thomas Disarcina was born November 19th 1967 in Malden, Massachusetts. The six foot one short stop was drafted by the California Angels in the 1988 amateur draft. 

Disarcina replaced Dick Scofield as the Angels main shortstop from 1992 through 1998. He had a solid season in 1995, making the A.L. All Star team, while batting a career best .307. He hit 28 doubles with 5 HRs 41 RBIs & a .34 on base %. He missed six weeks of action in that strike shortened season as well.

In 1998 the Angels voted him their best player, as the team finished second (85-77) under manager Terry Collins. Disarcina had career highs in hits (158) doubles (39) runs scored (78) & RBIs (56) while batting .287. Injuries hampered him in his final seasons & was forced to retire at the age of 33.

Trivia: He made the last out in Kenny Rogers no hitter on July 28th 1994.

He spent his entire 12 year playing career with Angels playing in 1086 games batting .258 with 28 HRs 186 doubles & 355 RBIs. 

At short stop he played 1069 games posting a .973 fielding % turning 131 double plays, making 131 errors in 4934 chances. He would lead the AL in assists in 1992 & again in 1994. 

In 1998 he turned the most double plays in the league (103). In 1992 he led all shortstops in errors. His .973 fielding % is 61st all time as of 2018.

Retirement: After a failed attempt at making a comeback as a player with the Boston Red Sox, he held many positions with the team. 

He became an analyst for the Boston Red Sox on NESN, a minor league manager & front office consultant. 

In 2013 he was named Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year Award. He led the 2013 AAA Pawtucket PawSox to a first place finish & into the finals, but fell short of the Championship.

Trivia: In 2006 he was Team Italy's third base coach in the World Baseball Classic.

He returned to the Angels organization (2014 - 2016) where he coached third base & first base for Mike Scioscia's Angels. 

In 2017 he served as Boston Red Sox bench coach
under John Farrell, but was let go after Farrell was fired after the 2017 ALDS.

In 2018 he was hired as bench coach under Mickey Callaway for the New York Mets. After one season in that role he moved over to third base coach for the 2019 Mets.

Nov 18, 2019

Damion Easley: Late 2000's Mets Utility Player (2007-2008)

Jacinto Damion Easley was born in the Bronx, New York on November 11, 1969. The family soon moved to Mt. Vernon, New York just over the Bronx border. 

When his parents divorced he moved out to California with his father & he then attended Long Beach State University. There he got drafted by the local California Angels way down in the 30th round in 1988.

By 1992 he hit .289 at AAA Edmonton in the Pacific Coast League getting the call up to the Angels team. He was a utility infielder for the Angels from 1992-1996 hitting a best .313 in 73 games in 1993. In 1994 he struggled batting just .214 in 88 games. 

In 1995 he saw a lot more playing time, a career high 114 games but struggled again, batting just .216. In July of 1996 he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Greg Gohr.

In Detroit he became the Tigers regular second baseman. He also played short stop stop, third base & DH in his time there. He turned his career around, with three 20 plus HR seasons, & three 30 plus doubles seasons. 

In 1997 he hit 22 HRs with 72 RBIs posted a .362 on base percentage while scoring 97 runs & stole 28 bases.

In 1998 he had his best year making the All Star team & even participated in the HR derby. He had career highs in hits (166) HRs (27) RBIs (100) & doubles (38). He would spend six seasons in Detroit averaging around a .255 batting average. In 2000 he led all AL second baseman in fielding after coming in second the two previous years.

In Detroit he set a Tiger record at second base with 99 consecutive errorless games. He signed a two year deal with the Florida Marlins in 2004, but never matched his numbers he reached in Detroit. Easley hit a best .240 with 9 HRs in 2005 playing in 102 games. He moved on to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006 batting .233.

Mets Career: In 2007 he signed on with the New York Mets as a free agent. He certainly proved to be a pleasant surprise, giving it 100% everyday in a Mets uniform. 

On the field he was the ultimate all around player, playing every position except catcher in his two seasons in New York.

 Easley debuted as a Met on April 9th as a pinch hitter gong 0-1. On April 24th he hit a HR in the bottom of the 11th inning tying a game against the Colorado Rockies. The Mets went on to win it 2-1.

Easley seemed to made the best of his chances when he got to start & kept doing all the little things when he got that chance. On May 3rd he hit a three run HR against the Arizona Diamond backs in a 9-4 win at Arizona.

 On May 13th he had three hits with another HR & four RBIs in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Shea Stadium. On August 2nd he became the 24th Met in history to hit an inside the park HR. It came in the top of the 6th inning in a game against the Brewers in Milwaukee of pitcher Cris Capuano.

Later that month he injured his ankle in an ugly incident while sliding into second base in a game at Washington against the Nationals. The painful injury cost him the rest of the season, and it was a big blow to the Mets playoff hopes as well. 

Overall for 2007 he batted .280 in 76 games, hitting 10 HRs with 6 doubles 26 RBIs, 24 runs scored 24 runs & a .358 on base % in just 193 at bats.

He got more playing time in 2008 batting .266 with 6 HRs 10 doubles 44 RBIs & a .322 on base % in 113 games.

 On June 3rd he had a three hit day in San Francisco, hitting a 5th inning bases clearing double helping the Mets in a 6-3 win. On June 18th he hit a HR in the top of the 10th inning off Justin Speier to beat the Anaheim Angels 5-4. In the first week of July he drove in seven runs in the midst of a ten game hitting streak. In the month he had 15 RBIs, with two separate three RBI games.

That month he was seeing steady playing time due to all the Mets injuries. On August 12th he was hit by apitch in the top of the 8th inning with the bases loaded. David Wright scored from third base with the games winning run to beat the Washington Nationals.

The next night Easley drove in two more runs & had two more multi RBI games that month. On top of his hard play, Easley was an all around good guy and got the job done quietly. He wasn’t resigned for 2009 & retired at the end of the year.

In seventeen MLB seasons Easley batted .253 with 1386 hits, 163 HRs, 287 doubles, 735 runs scored, posted a .329 on base % & had 684 RBIs in 1706 games played. He is 36th All Time getting hit by pitches with 132 & was in the league’s top ten in that category six times.

Trivia: During his long playing career he never reached the post season. As an active player Easley had played in the most games since the 1994 wild card playoff era without reaching the post season. Since then the record has been broken.

Humor: On a funny note Easley shows a striking resemblance to Popeye’s cartoon pet dog- Jeep.(without the nose)

Retirement: Since his retirement, Easley has coached in the San Diego Padre organization.

Nov 15, 2019

Dwight Gooden (Part Three) Post Mets Career & Retirement

Dwight Gooden would get caught dirty again, while serving his 60 day MLB suspension in 1994. He would have to sit out all of the 1995 season. 

Though drug abuse and criminal activity is commonly blamed for Gooden's pitching troubles, a lot must be said for the work load put on his pitching arm. It is estimated that Gooden threw over 10,800 pitches from 1983-85, by that time he was just 20 years old. 

By the time he reached his 21st birthday, Gooden had 928 strikeouts between both the minor and major leagues. 

After his suspension he signed with the AL New York team for 1996. His first game was in Texas, the fourth game of the season. He pitched five innings giving up five runs while taking the loss. He would lose his first three starts, before earning his first win on May 8th. In that game he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits. 

On May 14th, he went into the history books once again. In a game at home against the Seattle Mariners, he threw his first career no hitter. He only struck out five & walked six batters but finally had his no no. He had a strong period from June to mid July winning six straight decisions. 

The rest of the year wasn't as good but he ended up 11-7 with a 5.01 ERA, making 29 starts striking out 126 batters, walking 88 batters in 170 innings. He did not pitch in the post season.

The next season he was 9-5 with a 4.91 ERA. He also pitched a game in the ALDS, getting no decision in a loss to the Cleveland Indians. 

In 1998 he went to the Cleveland Indians as a free agent, making his first start in June. He would lose his first two games, then beat the Minnesota Twins for his first Indians win. Overall he had a good year for the first place Indians, going 8-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 23 starts. 

Post Season: He made the post season again & pitched one inning of relief against the Boston Red Sox, allowing two runs on two walks & a hit. In the ALCS he lost to the AL New York club giving up three runs in 4.2 innings. 

The next year he was 3-4 with an ERA over six, pitching in 26 games, making four relief appearances.

In 2000 he played his final season. moving around from the Houston Astros (1 game) , Tampa Bay Rays (8 games 2-3 with a 6.63 ERA) & the AL New York team (18 games / 4-2 with a 3.36 ERA) overall he was 6-5 with a 4.54 ERA in 26 games.

He pitched in both the ALDS against the Oakland A's & the ALCS against the Seattle Mariners earning no decisions. He did not pitch in the Subway Series.

In a 16 year career Doc Gooden won a Cy Young Award & made four All Star teams. He played in six post seasons, winning three Championships.  

On the mound he finished with a 194-112 record (131st most wins all time). He struck out 2293 batters (58th all time) with 24 shut outs (187th all time) & 2800 innings pitched (175th all time). 

He made 410 career starts (122nd all time) with a 3.51 ERA, 68 complete games & 954 walks (132nd all time). He made 224 put outs on the mound (71st all time) posting a .950 fielding %. 

He did try to make it at Spring Training 2001 but was cut from the roster. He worked for the AL team briefly & then as a P.R. Man for the Newark Bears in the Independent League.

More Drama: In 2002 he was arrested in Tampa while driving while intoxicated. Less than a year later he was arrested again for driving without a license. Two years later, in Tampa he was arrested again, this time for punching his girlfriend.

In 2006 he drove away from a traffic stop & refused to get out of the car. He was arrested again & then again later after violating his probation. He showed up high on coke after arriving late for a meeting with his parole officer. He chose to serve time in jail instead of rehab, hoping it would help his addictions. 

Quotes: "I cant come back here, I'd rather get shot than come back here. If I don't get the message this time, I never will".

Retirement: He made a triumphant surprise return to Shea Stadium in 2008 for the closing ceremonies of Shea Stadium. He received a huge ovation from the Shea crowd & his appearance was one of the day's biggest highlights. He had missed the 20th anniversary celebration of the 1986 Mets because he was in serving time in prison.

On April 13th, he was on hand for the Opening of the Mets new Ballpark, Citi Field. Also In 2009 he was an honored guest at the 1969 Amazing Mets 20th anniversary autograph shows at the Huntington Hilton.

On August 1, 2010, he was officially inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame along with Darryl Strawberry, Frank Cashen, and Davey Johnson. That day he also threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his former battery mate, Gary Carter.

Drama: In his life Gooden has battled many demons. He had his troubles with domestic violence, traffic violations & drug abuse. 

In 2010 he had another setback getting arrested in New Jersey for leaving the scene of an accident, as well as driving while under the influence & endangering a child.

In 2011 he entered the VH1 Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. He stated that many of the clebs were there for the exposure, but he believed in the program. He said it was there that he realized, as a child he witnessed a shooting while hiding in a closet in the family house. And that these were the reasons for his addictions.

In 2013 he released his incredible book; Doc which gives a true insight to the man inside Doctor K. It is a must read for Mets fans. 

In 2013 he appeared in Mets gear,  representing the Mets at the 2013 All Star Game Festivities around New York City. 

He played in the celebrity All Star softball game at Citi Field on that Monday, appearing with former Mets Mike Piazza, Daryl Strawberry, John Franco.

During the 2015 Mets post season run, Doc tweeted out many congrads to the team keeping up the Mets tradition & spirit.

30th Anniversary of 1986 Championship: Gooden was on hand at Citi Field for the 30th Anniversary celebration of the '86 Champs.

In 2016 he appeared on an ESPN 30 for 30 television special with former team mate Darryl Strawberry filmed at the Goodfellas Diner in Maspeth, Queens.

Even More Drama: In June of 2019, he made the headlines once again, disappointing his fans. 

He was arrested in Holmdel Township, New Jersey for cocaine possession after being stopped for driving too slo & having illegally tinted windows. Little over a month later, he was arrested again for DWI in Newark, New Jersey.

As all fans we wish him well & hope he can overcome his demons.

Nov 14, 2019

Jacob deGrom: The 2019 NL Cy Young Award Winner

In the 2019 off season, Jacob deGrom's agent Brodie Van Wagen became the teams General Manager. 

Instead of a long dragged out contract negotiation, the Mets gave him the largest raise any arbitration eligible player ever got. deGrom got a $137.5 million five year, contract extension with an option for 2024.
2019: With excitement starting out the 2019 season, deGrom got his first Opening Day start. On March 28th, he started out where he left off in 2018, pitching six shut out innings, striking out ten Nationals in the Mets 2-0 win. He walked just one allowing five hits. 

On April 3rd in Miami, he pitched seven shut out innings, striking out 14 Marlins while walking one & giving up three little hits. deGrom started out the season at 2-0. 

In that game, he hit his second career HR, it was a solo shot off Trevor Richards to lead off the top of the 3rd inning.

From there on, he had three terrible outings, taking losses in all three games, like a deGrom no one had ever seen before. On April 9th he gave up six runs on eight hits, including three HRs to the Minnesota Twins. 

Next the Braves got him for three runs in five innings, with two more HRs in a 7-3 Met loss. He did strike out nine.

It was feared that he may have injured his elbow on his throwing arm.  

Quotes- Jacob deGrom: "It was just a little sore, I had been sick since Atlanta, kind of had a whole body soreness. For me when I don't throw, it seems things pop up. I wasn't on my normal routine. I was trying to just get enough in to be able to make my starts & I just felt a little soreness in my elbow. I decided to say something."

He felt fine, was checked out fine by doctors, no MRI needed & he was taken off the IL.

But in his next start, the Brewers pounded him for five runs over four innings, as he ended April 2-3 with a 4.85 ERA.

In May, he began by pitching a fine seven innings of shut out ball in Cincinnati to start out the month on Mat 1st. 

But the anemic Mets offense couldn't muster up any offense & he took a no decision in a 1-0 Met loss.

On May 6th, he took another loss as the Padres shut out New York in San Diego 4-0. deGrom fell to a lowly 2-4.

On May 11th he recorded his first victory in over a month, as he beat the Marlins at Citi Field 4-1. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out eight. 

But on May 17th, his next start, the Marlins got him for seven runs & nine hits over just five innings, leading to loss #five. 

On May 22nd he had catcher Tomas Nido behind the plate & it resulted in just two runs allowed over six innings. In games where Nido was catching him his ERA was 0.67 & games where his battery mate was Wilson Ramos, his ERA was 5.33. The Mets won the game 6-1 over the Nats in Citi Field, but deGrom got no decision.

As the Mets went west for a Memorial Day game against the Dodgers in L.A., Nido was back behind the plate. 

deGrom went through five innings leaving with a 3-2 lead against Clayton  Kershaw. But the Mets bullpen blew that & it lead to another Mets loss.

On June 1st the Mets took a 6-5 loss in Arizona, deGrom gave up just one run as he struck out seven, giving up five hits into the 7th inning. 

On June 7th, he suffered a loss, but only gave up two runs in a 5-1 Mets loss to the Rockies at Citi Field. It was his third double digit strike out game, his first in two months as he struck out ten. After another no decision he went on the four game win streak.

On June 18th in Atlanta, he finally got offensive run support as the Mets scored ten runs. deGrom pitched into the 9th inning, as he struck out ten batters again, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks issued for the second straight game. The Mets beat the Braves 10-2 as deGrom went to 4-6.

On June 28th the Braves beat him at Citi Field, as he gave up three runs, the most he had given up in his last seven starts. His record fell to 4-7 on the year.

2019 All Star: But as July started, things began to turn around for him & the Mets. First off he was voted to his third All Star team, representing the Mets along with Pete Alonso & Jeff McNeil in Cleveland. 

As Pete Alonso stole the show winning the HR derby, deGrom did ok himself. He pitched a scoreless 3rd inning for the NL, striking out George Springer & retiring DJ LeMahieu & Mike Trout easily.

 deGrom would win four
straight decisions. In that time, he suffered five no decisions, while never allowing more than two earned runs  in those games. In two of those games he didn't allow an earned run. 

In two other games, he allowed just one run, including an 11 strike out performance against the Chicago White Sox & a season high 13 strike out game  against the Braves. 

On July 14th in South Florida, deGrom beat the Marlins in a 6-2 Mets win. He gave up just one run, it came in the 2nd inning, after that he had a stretch of 17 scoreless innings over the next three games. 

On July 19th, he matched zeroes with the Giants, Tyler Beede in San Francisco. deGrom had his sixth double digit strike out game (10) allowed no runs on three hits, but exited in the 8th inning to a no decision as the Mets took a 1-0 loss on a Pablo Sandoval walk off hit.

On July 25th, he pitched seven shut out innings at Citi Field, he struck out nine, walked just one to earn his sixth win of the year. This was the first win in the Mets seven game win streak. 

After another no decision, he beat the Marlins at Citi Field to get to .500. In that game he struck out eight, walked just one & gave up two runs on five hits in a 6-2 Mets win. The win was the Mets third in another Mets win streak, this one of eight games.

In his next start on August 11th, a 1st inning Pete Alonso bases loaded throwing error, led to three unearned runs, which resulted in a Mets loss. He  pitched five innings as the Mets took a 7-4 loss to the Nationals. 

On August 17th, after the Mets lost four of five, deGrom started another Mets win streak. On this night the Mets were in Kansas City & deGrom pitched seven innings, giving up just a run on three hits, as the Mets went on to a 4-1 win, getting him over the .500 mark. 

On August 23rd, as the Mets donned silly looking, all white uniforms, deGrom struck out 13 batters & hit his second HR of the season. But the Mets suffered a heart breaking 2-1, 14th inning loss to the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, which started a five game losing streak.

In his next two outings, deGrom was roughed up for four earned runs both times, the first resulted in a loss to the Chicago Cubs & the other a no decision in a Met loss to the Nats.

As September began, the Mets were still in the pennant race & deGrom would win three straight decisions. The ace of the staff stepped up once again, stopping a two game losing streak & getting his team on another win streak. 

On September 9th, he had his ninth double digit strike out game of the year. deGrom allowed one run on three hits, in a 3-1 Mets win over the Diamondbacks. It was the opening win of a big series sweep for the Mets. 

In that game he began a streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings, as he would not allow another run for the rest of the season. In his last five games he would walk just two batters as well.

On September 14th in Los Angeles he pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out eight Dodgers but got a no decision. On September 20th, he won his tenth game of the year, beating the Reds in Cincinnati, shutting them out for seven innings, striking out nine. 

The Mets were hanging by a thread in the wild card race, 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot with nine games left to play. 

On September 25th, he shut out the Marlins & allowed just two hits while striking out seven in a 10-3 Mets win. deGrom finished the year with his 11th victory & the NL strike out crown.

For his 2019 season, deGrom won his second straight Cy Young Award. He went 11-8 with the NL's second best ERA at 2.43 ERA. 

He led the NL in strike outs (255) walked 44 batters in 204 innings pitched in 32 starts (8th most in the NL). 

His WAR for pitchers was first in the league (7.3) his HRs per 9 innings was third best in the NL (0.776) & his strike out/base on balls was fourth best in the NL (5.796).

At the plate he batted .200 going 13-65 with two HRs two doubles four runs scored & four RBIs. On November 13th he named the NL's Cy Young Award winner for the second straight year.