The former standout shortstop from Stetson University Jacob DeGrom may arguably be the best pitcher of all time. Most players tend to be a shell of them self with age, but not DeGrom. When the right hander came into the league in 2014 he had an average velocity of 93.9mph. Today the Mets ace and former two-time CY Young winner is topping out at 101mph on his fastball at the age of 32.
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This season deGrom once again, is shattering MLB records. In five starts this season, Jacob has an earned run average of .51 percent. The ace has also pitched a one complete game and has 59 total strike outs on the season. The most unbelievable stat produced so far this season by DeGrom is found in his earned run category. In thirty-five innings pitched, DeGrom has allowed only 2 earned runs. One of the two earned runs was a lucky homerun on an 0-2 count hit by Jazz Chisholm of the Marlins. The home run by Chisholm was lucky because DeGrom had blown the first two fastballs right by him in the at bat. DeGrom instead of going to his breaking ball to strike him out, through a high fastball that was out of the zone. Jazz was lucky and caught up to it out of the zone and hit it into the first couple of rows at Citi Field.
Even when DeGrom has a bad night, it ends up being better than most pitcher’s best night. In his latest outing against the Red Sox’s on April 28th you could tell early on that DeGrom wasn’t at his best. Usually when DeGrom starts a game he looks almost unhittable. But in the first two innings of DeGrom’s last start 6 batters in the first two innings put the ball in play and DeGrom also gave up his second earned run of the year. After that DeGrom was stellar as always, only giving up the one run in the second inning for the entire game. His final stat line was 6.0 innings pitched, nine strikeouts, and one walk. DeGrom also tied Nolan Ryan’s record for 59 strikeouts through a total of five starts. DeGrom is scheduled to make his next start one Tuesday night against the Cardinals in St.Louis.