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deGromination: Why the Forgotten Ace is the Mets Savior

Jacob deGrom Arturo Pardavila III via


Jacob deGrom is the man who can lead the Mets back to October.

He may not have the flair for the dramatic like Matt Harvey.  He may not be as awe-inspiring as Noah Syndergaard.  He may never become the ageless wonder that is Bartolo Colon.  But for now, Jacob deGrom is much more than just the ace of the New York Mets loaded pitching staff; he is the team’s best shot at going back to the World Series.

Jacob deGrom is having an excellent season although he’s been practically invisible to the national audience this season.  deGrom owns a 6-4 record with a 2.38 ERA that ranks third in the league, only behind perennial Cy Young candidates Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner.  The 28 year-old right-hander has come on extremely strong over the past few months, and has dusted off early concerns about his diminished velocity.

Any Mets fan will be quick to tell you that deGrom’s excellence goes far beyond this year.  In 68 career starts, deGrom has maintained a 2.55 ERA and 447 strikeouts over 433.3 innings.   He has been one of the most dominant pitchers over the past three seasons during the regular season and October.  In his first ever postseason start, deGrom pitched a gem over seven shutout innings with 13 strikeouts.  Moreover, deGrom outpitched Clayton Kershaw in what could have been a game that decided who would win the series.

Sunday afternoon, Jacob deGrom threw yet another masterpiece, this time posting a complete game, one-hit shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Lately, the Miracle Mets can’t catch a break.  Yoenis Cespedes is dealing with a quad injury, Matt Harvey underwent season-ending surgery, and Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are pitching through bone spurs that could become more serious with one ill-fated pitch.  The one constant (besides the mythical Bartolo Colon)?  Jacob deGrom.