In 13 starts at Coors Field, the 25-year old has pitched to a 2.21 ERA, which is more than a half run better than any starter has managed at home in the franchise’s 26-year history.
Freeland certainly deserves some praise for his mastery of the hitter friendly confines at Coors Field. However, if you were to give the lefty a say in the Cy Young race, he would have to take the side of Mets fans.
“What he’s been able to do, not only physically on the mound, but mentally, where his team has struggled to put up runs behind him. Throughout the entire season for him, that’s kind of the way it’s been,” Freeland said.
Freeland continued to praise deGrom’s mental toughness, and added that playing from behind like deGrom has all season is a whole lot tougher.
“He’s right now, what, a .500 pitcher that should be way above that. It’s incredible to see his mental toughness day in and day out, being able to take the ball every fifth day and go out there and compete and try to win when his team is struggling behind him,” Freeland added.
deGrom has put together a truly historical season that is up there with some of the very best in Mets history. Through 28 starts, deGrom has a 1.68 ERA, 230 strikeouts, 7.3 WAR, 0.4 HR/9, 11.0 K/9, and a 220 ERA+.