Jacob deGrom (Part Three) The 2021 & 2022 Seasons
On April 5th, 2021: Jacob deGrom got the 2021 Opening Day start at Philadelphia. In 6.3 innings of work, he struck out seven & gave up three hits. He earned no decision in the 5-3 Mets win over the Phillies.
Saturday April 10th, 2021: Jacob allowed just one run in 8 innings of work, where he struck out 14 Marlins. The Mets gave him no run support, as deGrom took another no decision.
The Mets were shut out by Miami's Trevor Rogers (six innings) & three other Marlin pitchers (Dylan Floro, Richard Bleier & Yimi Garcia) 3-0.
Saturday April 17th, 2021: The Mets (7-3) went on the road to Colorado, were
deGrom started the game with a 0.64 ERA, still looking for his first win. Finally on this afternoon, deGrom earned his first win, Although the Rockies did get three runs, none of them were earned. A Francisco Lindor error led to a three run Rockies 5th inning. deGrom repeated with another 14 strike out performance, while walking just one over six innings of work.
Friday April 23rd, 2021: Tonight, at Citi Field against the Washington Nationals (7-10), deGrom tossed a complete game two hit shutout. He struck out 15 batters & walked no one.
means you go up against other teams' best most often & everyone tries a little bit harder to beat you.
April 2022: deGrom ended the month of April at 2-2 with 59 strike outs & two walks in 35 innings pitched, with a league leading 0.51 ERA. This earned him April Pitcher of the Month honors.
Sunday May 9th, 2021: deGrom beat the D-backs at Cit Field, allowing just one run, striking out six & earning his third victory. He exited the game in the 5th inning, after feeling tightness in his right side. As the Mets & their fans held their breathe, he was sent for an MRI the next day. Thankfully, it showed nothing.
Quotes- Jacob deGrom: "I want to be out there every fifth day. That helped make the decision easier because I didn't want it to result into turning into something more serious. Talking with trainers & Dr. Altchek this was the right call, because if you continue to go out there & that's aggravated & you do change your mechanics, then you could be looking at some serious time, not being able to repeat your delivery & being off".
Lucie Mets. In that game he dominated his opponents, striking out eight in three innings pitched, not allowing a ball to leave the infield. Afterwards he treated his entire team to Chic- Filet dinner.
After two weeks, he returned to the much-needed Mets rotation. The Mets were now 1.5 games in first place, clinging on.
Tuesday May 25th, 2021: Tonight the Mets (23-20) hosted the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. deGrom pitched five innings, allowing just one run on three hits while fanning nine Rockies in a 3-1 Mets win. Tomas Nido's two run HR led the offense.
Monday May 31st, 2021: deGrom took the hill in Arizona as the Mets started a series with the D-backs. deGrom was masterful, not allowing a hit through the first five innings.
Hitting Star: In the 4th inning, Arizona chose to walk Mason Williams intentionally to load the bases & get to deGrom.
Trivia: deGrom's0.71 ERA was the lowest of any qualified starter since 1964, when the Phillies, Chris Short had a 0.64 ERA entering June.
At this point Jacob deGrom was being called the best pitcher in baseball by many sources.
Saturday June 5th, 2021: at Petco Park, in San Diego, deGrom continued his domination, stopping the Mets two game skid in San Diego. Jacob led the first place Mets to a 4-0 win, to keep them 3.5 games in front.
He started out by striking out two batters in the 1st inning. In the 4th after striking out Manny Machado, the Padres collected two singles.
With two men on, deGrom struck out Will Myers & Tucupita Marcano to end any idea of a threat.
He had two more Ks in the 5th, one in the 6th & two more in the 7th.
Trivia: Jacob deGrom is now 4th on the Mets all time strike out list behind Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden & Jerry Koosman.
deGrom lowered his ERA to a MLBbest 0.62, which was now the lowest ERA for a starter through nine starts since ERA became a stat in 1912.
Friday June 11th, 2021: As Citi Field expanded its seating, a crowd of 26,637 came out to see the history making deGrom.
In another degrominating performance, he shut out the Padres on one hit, with ten Ks in six innings of work.
Trivia: He bested his record to 6-2, with an incredible 0.56 ERA, the best in ten starts by any pitcher since the statistic was first kept tracked of in 1913. His WHIP is also a historical best.
He had the best strike out per nin innings rate, the best strike out to walk ratio, the lowest HR per nine innings & the lowest hits per nine innings, as well as walks per nine innings ratios in the league.
His 103 Ks were third best. After this game he became the favorite to win the NL MVP Award.
Tuesday June 16th, 2021: A crowd of 23,545 including centerfieldmaz & Don Joe Vella came out to see deGrom lead his first place Mets (36-25) who were eleven games over .500.
Tonight, they hosted the NL Central leading Chicago Cubs (38-30). The Mets had taken the first two games. deGrom started out in amazing fashion, once again.
In the top of the 1st inning, he struck out Joc Pederson to start out the game. Anthony Rizzo flew out to right field & would be the only batter not to strike out in the first three innings. In the 2nd, deGrom struck out the side, including an 11 pitch at bat to Rafael Ortega.
In the bottom of he 2nd, Billy McKinney walked & Kevin Pillar doubled to right field making it 1-0. Pillar advanced on Luis Guillorme's fly out.
But after the 3rd inning where he struck out the side, once again I received a text from my brother saying "deGrom is coming out of the game". As the 4th inning began, Sean Reid-Foley entered the game to pitch.
The word was deGrom left the game with a sore right shoulder. The Mets went on to a 6-3 win, but the deGrom injury loomed over the win. deGrom had lowered his ERA to 0.54 & now had 111 strike outs
Quotes- Jacob deGrom: "I don't even know what to say, I'm pretty aggravated with it". The next day an MRI showed nothing concerning, in the words of Mets manager Luis Rojas: "a normal shoulder from a pitcher".
The Mets did not see a need to shut him down or put him on the IL. He even was able to play alight game of catch the next day.
Saturday July 26th, 2021: In this afternoon game at Philadelphia, Jacob gave up two runs, on four hits in six innings of work, striking out five.
As July started, the Mets still has a two game lead in first place. In the 1st inning, deGrom gave up three hits including a triple & two run HR to Austin Riley. He would strike out 14 batters for the third time on the year.
Dom Smith would hit two HRs in the game to tie it, but Freddie Freeman collected the walk off RBI single off Seth Lugo for a Mets loss & deGrom getting no decision.
July 7th, 2021: he made what turned out to be his last start of 2021. In a no decision at Citi Field the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. deGrom gave up two runs on four hits, striking out ten to get to double figures once again. In that game he reached a career 1500 strike outs.
He was named to the All Star team but announced he would not participate.
July 18th: In a bullpen session, he felt tightness in his forearm. He was placed on the ten day IL. Later in the month he felt soreness in his elbow. An MRI revealed inflammation in the elbow with now structural damage. He was placed on the 60 day IL &did not pitch again the rest of the year.
He ended 2021 at 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA 146 strike outs 11 walks in 92 innings of work in 15 starts.
On August 7th, deGrom made his Citi Field debut for 2022 in a game against the rival Atlanta Braves. deGrom struck out 12 batters, earning the win pitching into the 6th inning, giving up two runs on just one a hit, a HR to Dansby Swanson.
On August 18th, he too his first loss coming to the Braves in Atlanta. On August 25th, he earned a win in Colorado beating Ryan Feltner 3-1. On August 31st, he & the Dodgers Tyler Anderson had a pitcher's duel for seven innings with deGrom coming out the winner in the 2-1 game. deGrom struck out nine 7 walked no one allowing just three hits.
In the off season he chose free agency & signed with the Texas Rangers.