Apr 4, 2019
Jacob deGrom pitched 7 innings of scoreless baseball tonight, with 14 Strikeouts. Dating back to last season, deGROM has pitched 26 straight scoreless innings, Allowing 3 runs or fewer in 31 consecutive starts (These constitute as quality starts – tying some fella by the name of Bob Gibson). For listeners who aren’t familiar with Bob Gibson aka Gibby, aka hoot. Being compared to Gibson is the equivalent of modern NBA players receiving comparisons to Kareem or Bill Russell deGROM’s the 1st pitcher in Mets history to start the season with back-to-back 10+ Strikeout games. Doc Gooden never accomplished this feat or Tom Seaver.
After getting paid, isn’t it normal for professionals to bear down, attempting to prove their worth? I haven’t witnessed an athlete more comfortable and locked in. deGROM’s entering a zone few know of. He’s the best pitcher in baseball. How does he get better? By dissecting his starts and Outdueling his prior performances each time he steps on the hill.