There are three guarantees in life: death, taxes and Jacob deGrom carving through hitters like a Thanksgiving turkey every fifth day.
We saw No. 3 on full display again Monday night, as the Mets ace fanned 12 Yankees hitters en route to his seventh victory of the year. In the process, he came away with a 1.81 ERA, which leads the MLB.
“You definitely want to face one of the better teams in baseball and get a win,’’ deGrom said. “Any time you go up against a lineup like that and can get a ‘W,’ it’s definitely nice.
“Like I’ve said before, I try not to think about the score. I try to go out there and continue to put up zeroes. I wasn’t able to do that tonight. I gave up a couple, but the guys did a good job of scoring some runs for me.”
DeGrom yielded three runs over 6.2 innings, but two were more fluky than anything. The Yankees elicited a lot of soft contact, combined with a throwing error by Jeff McNeil in the third which ultimately saw New York A.L. score two runs.
The Mets offense, however, finally had deGrom’s back as they put up an eight spot and held the Yankees off, ultimately winning 8-5.
With another quality start, deGrom has strung together 21 starts where he has allowed three runs or less. The club record was set by Dwight Gooden in the ’80s, who had 24.
“I’ve said before that I want to win a Cy Young,” deGrom said, following the victory. “I think that’s what every starting pitcher or pitcher in general wants to win as a personal goal. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it. I’ve just got to go out there and continue to pitch.”
While his win total isn’t as high as Max Scherzer‘s, not like that should really matter, deGrom has shown day in and day out that he is deserving of the Cy Young, and if he continues to pitch like this through the end of the season, there’s no reason he shouldn’t win it.
“Let’s get as many positives as we can before the season is over,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. “And one of those things is for him to win that big Cy Young Award.
“Everybody talks about average in baseball, but it’s a stat,” Frazier continued. “I’m more focused on what we’re doing in scoring position or getting on base. Just like in pitching, strikeouts and how many innings is he going. He’s going to be over 200-plus innings. It’s about how dominant you are in the game.”