The New York Mets are not having the most magical of seasons. In fact, the team struggles to win games night after night despite the talent on the team.
Even though the offense has not been spectacular, however, one aspect of the team has shown promise all season, and that is the starting rotation. The Mets’ starting pitcher Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies did not disappoint, as he has not all season.
His name is Jacob deGrom.
The Mets defeated the Phillies 4-1 in no small part to deGrom. The Mets pitcher went for seven innings and only gave up four hits on one run scored. DeGrom was dominant all night long, mixing his pitches well and making sure to make hitting the strike zone a priority, with 70 strikes thrown as opposed to 33 balls. DeGrom was also able to strike out five batters along the way.
This was another strong performance for deGrom, who now goes up one more win for a record of 7-6 to go along with a 2.94 ERA for the season. DeGrom has struggled on the mound as of late after getting off to a good start in the rotation, but this good outing should put him back on track to succeeding and finding a way to keep the Mets in games the rest of the way through the regular season.
Out of the other pitchers that have started for the Mets this season, deGrom has the lowest ERA, which should be a promising sign going forward. Even though deGrom was not originally in the five man starting rotation, deGrom should be able to put himself in the conversation going into next season with a few more strong outings to finish off the season. DeGrom is not going to overwhelm anyone on the mound, but he is a smart pitcher who throws a ton of strikes, which is always a welcome sign in the major leagues.
DeGrom may become a household name among Mets fans before too long. With a few more good outings there’s no telling how far deGrom could go and how high his ceiling really is.