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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom enjoyed their return to Citi Field on Sunday.
“Going out there was a bit emotional,” Degrom Reporters After a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. “Warm applause, it kind of took a second, absorbed everything and then tried to focus.”
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The right-handed went to 5.2 innings, allowing two hitters to gain two hits and hit 12 hitters.
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12 strikes in just 5.2 runs 😤 pic.twitter.com/WIvdhfNA6I
DeGrom delivered his much-anticipated first season on Tuesday in a 5-1 road loss to the Washington Nationals. He has been out of the house for over a year with forearm and elbow problems and hence a stress reaction in his shoulder.
Despite his long hiatus, the two-time winner of Cy Young never missed a beat. Any fears that he might have lost some speed are unfounded.
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deGrom threw 1 in the inning pic.twitter.com/q9Uhu4yo1R
Leaving some fans in New York frustrated last minute action Before the MLB trade deadline. General Manager Billy Ebbler chose marginal upgrades rather than any transformational deals, adding Mychal Givens, Tyler Naquin, Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf.
Getting a healthy return is far more impactful than any of these acquisitions. They may now have the best starting bowler in baseball back in time for the extended run.
The Mets have the best World Championship odds (16.9 percent) than any other team FangravesThat’s partly because manager Buck Showalter can count on a playoff between DeGrum, Max Scherzer and Chris Bassett.
This year the Mets were quite the opposite.
Fans are so used to seeing Degrom shine on teams that haven’t lived up to expectations, as the Mets haven’t made the playoffs since 2016. Now, they’re on their way to spreading second highest Winning percentage in franchise history despite no deGrom in the first few months of the season.
The 34-year-old will now get an active role in the Mets banner hunt.