Jun 20, 2021

Jacob deGrom' Amazing 2021 Season (So Far)

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.

On April 10th, he 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 Trevor Rogers (six innings) & three other Marlin pitchers 3-0.

On April 17th in Colorado, he
entered the game with a 0.64 ERA & no wins. Finally deGrom earned his first win, although he allowed three runs, none of them were earned. A Francisco Lindor error led to a three run Rockies inning. deGrom repeated with another 14 strike out performance.

On April 23rd at Citi Field against the Nationals, he tossed a complete game two hit shut out, striking out 15 batters & walking no one. At the plate he collected two hits, including an RBI double to help his own cause. deGrom hit safely in his first four games of the season, with six hits batting .545. The win put the Mets in sole possession of first place, ahead of the Phillies. 

Being the best pitcher in the game,
means you go up against other teams bets & everyone tries a bit harder to beat you. On April 28th, deGrom took his second loss, this one to Nick Pivetta of the Red Sox, he & three other Boston pitchers shut out the Mets in a 1-0 heart breaker.

deGrom ended the month 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.

On Sunday May 9th, he 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 world held their breathe, he was sent for an MRI & luckily 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".

Ten days later he made a rehab appearance at West Palm Beach, in an A-ball game for the St.
Lucie Mets, where 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.

After two weeks, he returned to the much needed Mets rotation. 

On May 25th at Citi Field, he pitched five innings, allowing just one run on three hits while fanning nine Rockies in a 3-1 Mets win. 

On May 31st, 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. 

He pitched six innings of shut
ball, striking out eight while walking no one & giving up just two hits. That night Pete Alonso returned after two weeks on the IL & drove in four runs, including a 442 foot HR. The Mets went on to the 6-2 win as deGrom went to 4-2 with 82 strike outs in 51 innings pitched. 

In the 4th inning, Arizona chose to walk Mason Williams intentionally to load the bases & get to deGrom. 

But Jacob singled to drive in a run, for his third RBI of the year. Entering June, deGrom was batting .450, while opponents were hitting just .129 off him.

Trivia: deGrom lowered his ERA to .071, the lowest of any qualified starter since 1964, when the Phillies, Chris Short had a 0.64 ERA entering June. At this point he was being called the best pitcher in baseball by many sources.

On June 5th at Petco Park, deGrom continued his

domination, stopping the Mets two game skid in San Diego. He led the first place Mets to a 4-0 win, to remain 3.5 games in first place.

 deGrom struck out 11 Padres, marking the 50th time in his career he has struck out 10 or more batters in a game. 

He started out by striking out two batters in the 1st inning. In the 4th after string out Manny Machado, the Padres collected two singles. With two men on, deGrom struck out Will Myers &Tucuoito  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. Overall in seven innings, he allowed no runs on three hits, one walk & the 11 Ks. 

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 MLB
best 0.62, which is the lowest ERA for a starter through nine starts since ERA became a stat in 1912.

On June 11th, as Citi Field expanded it's seating, a crowd of 26,637 came out to see the history making deGrom, & the first place New York Mets host the San Diego Padres. Chants of "MVP, MVP" came from the crowd as deGrom struck out Padre start, Fernando Tatis Jr. twice. 

In another degrominating performance, he shut out the Padres on one hit, with ten Ks in six innings of work. He left the game with elbow discomfort, but an MRI showed no signs of injury & he played catch the next day without feeling any pain.

Also in this game, he added a two run single, which led the Mets to the 3-2 win. deGrom was now batting .400 with 5 RBIs.

He bested his record to 6-2, with an

incredible 0.56 ERA, the best in ten starts by any pitcher since the stat began in 1913. His WHIP is also a historical best. He has the best strike out per nine 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 are third best. After this game he became the favorite to win the NL MVP Award.

On June 17th, 2021 a crowd of 23,545 including centerfieldmaz & Don Joe Vella came out to see deGrom & the first place Mets take on the Chicago Cubs. The Mets had taken the first two games from the NL Central leading Cubs. 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 Louie Guillorme's fly out. 

After Tomas Nido struck out, the fans stood shouting MVP-MVP as Jacob deGrom came to the plate.

An excited Citi Field got what they wanted, as the Amazing deGrom ripped a single to right field, scoring Pillar with the Mets second run. The crowd went crazy, as they chanted louder: MVP-MVP-MVP. It was his 11th hit in 26 at bats, good enough for an incredible .423 average. His 6th RBI as he has allowed just 4 earned runs all year. Absolutely incredible.

But after another inning where he struck out the side, 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 lowered his ERA to 0.54 with 111 strike outs

Quotes- Jacob deGrom: "I dont even know what to say, I'm pretty aggravated with it".

The next day an MRI  showed nothing concerning, in the words of 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 a light game of catch the next day.

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