Any true baseball fans can appreciate a good pitchers’ duel, and the battle at Citi Field between Jacob deGrom and Jake Peavy on Saturday night was one of the best in recent memory. What made the showdown so unique was that both pitchers took no-hit bids into the seventh inning. The San Fransisco Giants have had a few no-hitters thrown in their franchise’s history. On the other hand, the New York Mets have only had one in their history and it was courtesy of Johan Santana two years ago.
The Mets ended up winning 4-2, but the real story is that deGrom turned in another quality start and earned his fifth win in his last five starts. The rookie has been brilliant for most of the season and appears to be getting stronger as the season wears on. He appears incredibly confident for his age and very confident on the mound, and is known as a pitcher who is not shy about challenging hitters inside.
DeGrom has been steadily dropping his ERA throughout the season and now has a chance to jump into the race for National League Rookie of the Year. The future of the Mets rotation is incredibly bright with players like deGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Matt Harvey anchoring the staff for many years to come. Mets fans should be incredibly excited for the future with the aforementioned group, and it should only be the beginning, if the team is able to put together a potent offense. A performance like deGrom put in on Saturday night should be affirmation to fans that the team is set on pitching and can now focus on improving the offense.