The Mets climbed to the top of the Eastern National League this summer without the services of dominant Jacob Degrom. With the two-time Cy Young award winner back in action, it’s looking even more dangerous.
Degrom was almost out of reach on Sunday against the Braves. Not allowed to start players until the sixth inning, he eventually finished the game with 12 strikes and two runs allowed on Homer from two rounds in 5 and 2/3 innings to claim his first win of the season. The performance has given him 1,523 career strike matches – the most ever during the first 200 bowler’s game in MLB history.
The Mets went on to win, 5-2, taking four out of five from Atlanta over the weekend, and extended their division lead to 6.5 games.
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Degrom scored 25 swing hits across just 76 fields in Sunday’s win. Only six of the 19 hitters he encountered were able to put the ball into play, touched a fast 99 mph ball 21 times, and topped out at 101.6 mph. After making his debut on Tuesday against the Nationals, DeGrom cheered on 18 players with only five starting players allowed in 10 2/3 frames.
Since the start of 2018, deGrom has a 1.95 ERA across 93 starts, with 792 strikes in 591 2/3 runs. After missing the start of the season four months, he appears to be picking up where he left off.
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