New York Met’s starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is just ridiculous right now. There are not enough superlatives in any language to describe how good he is at playing baseball. We got another glimpse of it Friday night and … My Goodness. He beat the Washington Nationals all alone, basically in the 6-0 Mets victory.
Lines: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 15 K.
It works. The 15 strikes are a career high. This was actually deGrom’s fourth career complete game and second career shutout. He hadn’t thrown a shutout since 2016. I guess this is where we ask ourselves if he actually gets (gulp) better?
Oh, and he hits too. The two hits he gave up? He matched them. He allowed a single and a double, but he also produced a single and a double while going 2 to 4. He scored twice! He also ran in the race.
deGrom is now hitting .545 this season. He has six hits in 11 record relationships, while allowing only 13 hits to 101 strangers.
The line of absurdities with his start to this season is long. Like …
- He joins Gerrit Cole and Pedro Martinez from 1999 as the only pitcher ever to hit at least 14 strokes in three straight starts (via Sarah Langs)
- He joins Dwight Gooden as the only pitcher with 50 plus strikes and five plus hits over a four-start span (via statistics)
- The 50 strikes in his first four starts are the most in baseball history (via Langs)
deGrom’s season line right now is outrageous. It’s only four starts, but take a look: 0.31 ERA, 0.55 WHIP, 29 IP, 13 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 50 K.
Not that anyone, but be stupid enough to suggest so much, but it’s not smoke and mirrors or anything else. He looks 100 percent like this dominant. He threw 10 spots that were at least 100 miles per hour on Friday. His groundbreaking stuff is basically NSFW territory. I mean, his crisp shooter sits 92-93. It used to the speed of a quality fastball.
Perhs, what best sums up the level that deGrom is throwing right now? Met’s colorist Keith Hernandez – who played with prime Dwight Gooden – was asked in the air if he had ever seen anything like it. He said no and mentioned Gooden. He did not even say on “Docs” best days he was at this level.
In 80 starts since the start of the 2018 season, deGrom has a 2.00 ERA (1,998, so technically it is sub-2 and rounded up) and 0.94 WHIP with 678 strikes in 518 innings.
We are truly witnessing one of the greatest races from a starting pitcher in baseball history.