The New York Mets are a terrible hitting team. At home, they’re virtually unwatchable. Thankfully, their rotation has excelled. Starting pitching has kept the club vaguely relevant for the first month and a half of the season, which is no small feat considering the depths their bats have fallen.
Offensive help isn’t coming, so don’t waste your time praying for it. Quality bats are expensive and the Mets front office is tighter than a snare drum these days. On the bright side, the team’s farm continues to produce quality arms, and Jacob deGrom is no exception.
There’s no doubt that deGrom has a future in MLB. He’s a tall, lanky right-hander with excellent control. He has a great changeup, which deGrom can throw for a strike in any count. Offsetting his change of pace is a sneaky fastball, which can reach upwards of 95 mph. Having a disparity that large between your fastball and changeup is a nice advantage.
He also specializes in keeping the ball down. This is good for many reasons, the most obvious being he keeps the ball inside the ballpark. DeGrom has only allowed 19 home runs in 323.1 innings in his minor-league career, and there’s no reason why this won’t translate to the big leagues. For him, Citi Field is a dream come true.
Basically, deGrom’s a keeper. Sure, it’s only one start, but there’s no denying what he brings to the table. You’d be far more concerned if all he had was a blazing fastball and no control. Those guys are a dime a dozen. It’s rare to find somebody, especially a 25-year-old, who understands pace, control and pitch selection.
It’s going to be a long year in Flushing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is going to be disappointed. If there’s one thing fans can look forward to, it’s watching these talented young pitchers develop. Rest assured, deGrom is someone to keep an eye on.