Monday was the first day where the MLB enforced its new sticky substance rule allowing umpires to check for any abnormalities on a pitcher’s body following the first inning. Mets ace Jacob deGrom was the first pitcher to be inspected following a dominant opening inning start against the Braves.
After striking out the side and on his way to the dugout, deGrom was stopped and handed over his glove and hat to the home plate umpire. He proceeded to chuckle as he undid his belt buckle and passed the test with flying colors. Following his five inning performance of one-hit baseball, deGrom commented on the matter saying he approached the situation with respect asking the umpires what they needed and answering their request without any argument.
Jacob deGrom is Just That Good
You could feel the tension rise in Citi Field as Jacob deGrom handed over his glove, cap, and belt to the umpire after the 1st inning. Was it all a scam? Was Jacob deGrom the best pitcher this whole time because he was using sticky substances?
Absolutely not! Sorry hitters, he’s not cheating, he’s just that good. The fact that deGrom got checked Monday evening for sticky substances is laughable. If anything it just confirmed what we all already knew: Jacob deGrom is undoubtedly the best pitcher in baseball.
There’s no doubt that this occasion was the first of many to come as the MLB begins to crack down on pitchers using sticky substances to gain a better grip on the ball. Umpires can inspect starting pitchers more than once per game and relievers are open to being checked at the end of an inning or when they’re removed from the field of play.
Earlier this June as the MLB world exploded with this sticky stuff nonsense, a Dodgers fan posted a video addressing the fact that deGrom touched the inside of his glove on several different occasions suggesting the Cy-Young winner was guilty of cheating. Immediately, deGrom’s teammates rushed to his support, backing the pitcher up claiming he is in fact 100% clean and pure.
At age 33, deGrom’s fastball velocity is as high as it’s ever been throughout his career, rising from 94.2 mph as a 26-year-old rookie to 99.2 mph currently. His placement of his pitches is truly remarkable as he consistently gets hitters to reach on pitches out of the zone.
In his 12 starts this season, deGrom has not allowed more than one run in any of them. Following his dominant performance against the Braves, deGrom now has 30 consecutive innings pitched without allowing a run. He holds a league leading 0.50 ERA while boasting a 0.514 WHIP.
Umpires can continue to inspect deGrom’s wardrobe as walks off the mound, nothing will change. He’s going to continue to send your best hitter back to the dugout and strike out the side time after time. It’s just what he was born to do.
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