MLB fans around the world have recently been introduced to a new holiday, commonly referred to as deGrom Day. To the satisfaction of baseball fans, the holiday is a weekly occurrence as it happens each time the future Hall-of-Famer Jacob deGrom steps onto the mound.
In today’s era, no one can compare to the Mets’ ace and what deGrom has been able to accomplish in his eight years playing in the MLB. While his team has consistently failed him numerous times, deGrom stays unfazed pitching gem after gem.
Being robbed of wins is just part of the job, and he knows that. What he can control is the pitches he delivers across the plate, and that never fails. He has developed into an untouchable pitcher striking out batter after batter.
In my lifetime, I have had the privilege of watching many baseball stars become a Hall-of-Famer or eventually be inducted one day. Yet, only two pitchers’ names stick out among all the others. That would be longtime Detroit Tiger and Houston Astro Justin Verlander along with the best in today’s game, Jacob deGrom.
If deGrom saw that I was including him in the same conversation as Verlander he may be insulted, but let me elaborate. There’s no denying that when Justin Verlander was on his game he was as good as any other pitcher in the world. The issue with Verlander is that he had an off day every now and then.
Jacob deGrom is not familiar with the term ‘off-day.’ Constantly improving, deGrom fails to give in to his opponents at any time. He may give up a home run, but he’ll bounce back by striking out the side.
Don’t let my word on the topic be enough to convince you that Jacob deGrom is the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball. Let’s look at some of the numbers that will help in providing an explanation for such a major claim like this one.
Jacob deGrom entered the league in 2014 where he had an immediate impact on the Mets and their organization as people recognized he was destined for greatness. Achieving a 9-6 record in his debut season earned him a Rookie of the Year Award.
Fast forward to 2018 and we are now seeing the deGrominator in full effect. Finishing the season with an incredible 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts in his 32 starts didn’t go unnoticed as he was rewarded with the 2018 NL Cy Young Award.
He wasn’t finished and looked to improve even more for the Mets upcoming season. In his 2019 season, deGrom was able to collect 11 wins in his 32 starts while posting a 2.43 ERA along with 255 strikeouts. As anticipated, deGrom earned himself his second Cy Young Award in the 2019 season.
While the 2020 MLB season was shortened due to COVID-19, deGrom made his case for a third consecutive Cy Young Award before falling short to Trevor Bauer. In just 12 starts in the season, deGrom collected 104 strikeouts while posting a 2.38 ERA.
The 2021 MLB season has been all about two things up until this point. The first being the incredible wonders Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani has been able to put on display in the batter’s box and the pitching mound. The second being how good Jacob deGrom has been for the Mets and how he’s raised the question of, if he should be considered the greatest MLB pitcher of all time?
It’s hard to make a case against deGrom if you look at his first 9 starts up until this point in the season.
4/5 – 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s (No decision)
4/10 – 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 14 K’s (Loss)
4/17 – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 14 K’s (Win)
4/23 – 9 IP, 2 H, 15 K’s (Win)
4/28 – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K’s (Loss)
5/9 – 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K’s (Win)
5/25 – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 9 K’s (No decision)
5/31 – 6 IP, 2 H, 8 K’s (Win)
6/5 – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 K’s (Win)
deGrom boasts a 5-2 win-loss record as of now while maintaining a mindblowing 0.62 ERA. It would appear that another CY Young Award will be awarded to deGrom, but there still is a lot of baseball that remains to be played.
Tune in to the next deGrom Day on Friday, June 11 at 7:30 pm ET to watch deGrom take the mound against the most recently successful San Diego Padres. It should be a good one.
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