In the first game of a doubleheader for the Mets on Monday, Jacob deGrom took the mound. It seems he did just about everything in his start.
As per usual, the Mets starter was terrific. He tossed 5.0 innings, allowing only 1 hit, walking 2 batters, and striking out 6. Also, per usual, the Mets’ cost him. Although it was a 7 inning game, and it wouldn’t have counted as an official no-hitter in the record books, deGrom was working a no-hitter until the fifth inning.
On what looked like a routine fly-out to left-center field, Albert Almora and Dominic Smith got crossed up and, somehow, didn’t catch the baseball. That ended up being deGrom’s only hit allowed all afternoon.
Despite that costly mistake that may have cost the Mets starter an unofficial no-hitter, the team, uncharacteristically, gave him some run support. The Mets won Game 1 of their doubleheader, 4-2. Despite his 0.50 ERA, this was only deGrom’s 7th win of the season.
Breaking a few impressive stats along the way
During the win, the right-hander also broke a few impressive stats along the way. According to ESPN, deGrom has now gone 12 consecutive starts allowing 1 or fewer earned runs. This broke a tie with Bob Gibson in 1968 for the longest streak in a single season.
In addition, the righty now has a 2.49 ERA and 10.7 K/9 in 195 career starts. No other pitcher in MLB history, aside from deGrom, has an ERA lower than 2.50 or a strikeout per nine inning rate higher than 10 in at least 70 career starts.
And in case you’re looking for a fun statistic � Jacob deGrom’s batting average this season is now higher than Ben Simmons’ free throw percentage was in this year’s NBA Playoffs. Keep in mind that deGrom isn’t expected to hit, while Simmons is expected to score.
First pitcher checked for illegal substances
When all was said and done for deGrom after his start yesterday, he became the first pitcher checked for illegal substances.
Checking pitchers for illegal substances is all part of MLB’s new enforcement to stop the use of illegal substances. It would appear as though deGrom doesn’t need foreign substances to be one of the best pitchers in the league.