Jacob deGrom Simply Can’t Be Stopped
Last night, Jacob deGrom continued to show why he may go down as one of the best pitchers to ever throw a baseball. After 14 strikeouts in each of his last 2 starts, deGrom followed it up with another historic night. deGrom helped the Mets snap their three-game losing streak as he threw a complete-game shutout: 9.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 0 walks, and a career-high 15 strikeouts. In addition, deGrom was also 2-4 at the plate with an RBI.
Last night was another historic outing for deGrom. He now has 50 strikeouts on the year, which is the most ever by a starting pitcher in their first four starts of the season. deGrom has also lowered his career ERA to 2.55, which is now the lowest ever by a Met starting pitcher (Tom Seaver had a career 2.57 ERA with the Mets). In addition, deGrom is also just the third pitcher in MLB history to throw three-straight starts of 14 or more strikeouts (Pedro Martinez in 1999 and Gerrit Cole in 2019).
As the “M-V-P” chants grew loud for deGrom, the Mets offense finally came through for him. In the fifth, deGrom got the scoring started with an RBI double. Brandon Nimmo would follow that up with a two-run single. In the seventh, Dom Smith would lace an RBI single to score Nimmo. And in the eight, Brandon Nimmo would strike yet again with a two-run homer, his first home run of the season. The Mets would win by a final score of 6-0.
The Nationals had no answers for Jacob deGrom. Andrew Stevenson and Starlin Castro accounted for the only two hits. Erick Fedde got the start for Washington. Fedde went five innings allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Mets will look to win the series tonight as Marcus Stroman (3-0 with a 0.90 ERA) battles against Joe Ross (1-1 with a 5.87 ERA).
Written By Zach Nau
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