DeGrom Inches Closer to Cy Young With Some Help from Offense

This past week Jacob deGrom’s case for the 2018 Cy Young award became even stronger, with his own performance on the mound and a little help from his offense.

On Tuesday night, the Mets took on Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola. Behind a Steven Matz homer, and a Dominic Smith run run scoring double, the Mets offense held Nola to a no-decision.

Then on Thursday night, the Mets offense took care of business against Max Scherzer for deGrom. Behind a pair of home runs from Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce, the Mets struck for three runs against Scherzer to raise his ERA to 2.57 in a 5-4 extra-inning win.

“We are pulling for Jake, so these games against Nola and Scherzer are bigger for us,” Conforto told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

deGrom then took matters into his own hands, as he was brilliant yet again in the Mets 4-2 win over the Nationals on Friday night. He tossed seven innings, and limited Washington to just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight.

“Honestly, I try not to think about it. I just try and get prepared for my next start,” deGrom told reporters postgame.

The righty extended his record streak, by allowing three of fewer runs for a 28th consecutive start. He also made another piece of history, as he set the single season record with his 23rd quality start in a row.

As MMO’s Jack Hendon noted the other day, if the season were to end today, deGrom would be the third pitcher since 1908 to finish a year with a sub-2 ERA along with 250 strikeouts and fewer than 50 walks.

DeGrom takes the mound one last time this week, as he will put the finishing touches on a historical season on Wednesday night at Citi Field against Sean Newcomb and the Braves.

Hopefully the offense will show up for a second consecutive start, and deGrom is able to finish off the season with a much deserving record above the .500 mark.

Either way, Jacob deGrom should be your 2018 National League Cy Young award winner.

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