Incredible, amazing, spectacular… Those are the kind of words that get tossed around whenever Met fans talk about Jacob deGrom. The young and exciting righthander continues to build a case to be this year’s NL Rookie of the Year.
DeGrom was unstoppable on Saturday night as he twirled 6.2 no-hit innings against the San Francisco Giants. It all came to an end when Pablo Sandoval lined a double just past the outstretched glove of a diving Juan Lagares. Despite losing the no-hit bid, the fans at Citi Field roared with approval and responded with a rousing standing ovation for deGrom. His 6.2 innings of near perfection was the third longest no-hit bid by a rookie in franchise history.
The 26-year old phenom put on a pitching exhibition usually reserved for a ten-year veteran, mixing speeds and utilizing the entire strike zone to overpower hitters and keep them from doing any damage. With this latest gem, deGrom is now 6-1 with a 1.52 ERA over his last eight starts, walking 14 and striking out 56 during that span.
Selected in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft, deGrom has cemented himself as an untouchable fixture atop the Mets rotation. I can hardly wait to see him combine with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler in 2015 to form a lethal 1-2-3 punch.
“I think it’s going to be unreal,” deGrom said about the Mets’ future rotation. “When Harvey comes back, I think we’re going to have a great staff. We want to make a run at this now with what we have, but we look forward to next year, too.”
DeGrom has impressed everyone with his poise, his maturity and his pitching smarts. He may not have the high ceiling other Mets pitching prospects have, but he knows how to pitch and this is where he belongs.
DeGrom was regarded by most, including those in the organization, as a future bullpen arm. If not for an injury to Dillon Gee, that’s exactly where he was heading until fate stepped in and said, no way…
Funny how that works sometimes. DeGrom has turned the tables on everyone, and he’s no longer the pitcher we’re going to dangle or shop… Instead, he’s now the pitcher we keep.
Way to go kid…