New York Mets' Jacob deGrom Blossoming During 2014 Season

By Robert DeVita
Jacob deGrom
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It was known that the New York Mets‘ had a plethora of young arms, but Jacob deGrom never received the hype that Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero did. deGrom has been a pleasant surprise for the Mets this season as he has made his presence felt since his call-up in mid-May. Over his last five starts he was as good as it gets, going 5-0 with a 1.04 ERA, and those stellar numbers earned him the honors of National League Rookie of the Month for July.

Today deGrom was not nearly as dominant in his start against the Washington Nationals, but he was able to limit the damage over the course of six innings. Over six innings he gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out four in a no-decision. What impressed me about his start today was how he was able to get out of trouble and not let the roof cave in when he was in a jam. That speaks volumes to the development of a young pitcher; the fact that he was able to keep his team in the game today shows he has what it takes to be a very good pitcher.

It is tough for any pitcher to be lights out every single time they step foot on the mound. When they don’t have their “A” game they need to be able to keep their team within striking distance, and that is exactly what deGrom did today. He gave up an early two-run blast to Ian Desmond, but he just shook it off and kept going. That is what needs to be done in order to be one of the greats.

I get excited every fifth day when it’s deGrom’s turn to take the mound, because he has such great stuff and it has been a joy to watch this young talent blossom right before our very eyes. Something that really impressed me today was in the bottom of the sixth inning with two out deGrom fell behind Nationals’ Bryce Harper 3-0. deGrom was able to pump in three fastballs on the outside corner to come back from a 3-0 hole to strikeout Harper.

Moments like that make you appreciate one’s talent. It was a small moment in the game and probably would go unrecognized by others, but it was just something that made me say “wow”. It is not often that happens, and a talent like deGrom should only get better has he grows and learns on the major league level.

deGrom deserves all the recognition that he has been receiving, and he certainly needs to be in the conversation for NL Rookie of the Year; in my opinion he should be the favorite. He is on an innings limit of 185, so his season will probably come to an end by mid-September. Mets fans need to make sure they watch each of his starts, because something great is happening when he is out there on the mound.

I know 2014 is far from over, but you can’t help but look ahead to the Mets’ rotation for 2015. Harvey will be back, you have Wheeler and deGrom who will be a year older, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon who is still under contract. That’s without Syndergaard and Montero who both should be fighting for a spot on this club next spring.

I’m not sure if all of these pitchers will be on the roster come next April, but you can’t ignore the talent. If a trade does go down I just hope the Mets hold onto deGrom, because he is as talented as any of the young pitchers the Mets have.

Robert DeVita is a New York Mets writer for Follow him on Twitter@RobertDeVita24, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google

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