In his eighth big-league start, Jacob deGrom tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday, limited the Marlins to five hits and three walks and got his first career win.
“To finally get it feels good,” he said after the win. “I was hoping to get it. I wouldn’t say it was bothering me. I was hoping to get it. It feels good to have one now.”
He allowed six runs and 12 hits against the Cardinals in his previous start.
“I think just the way I was attacking hitters,” deGrom said, comparing his success against the Marlins to struggling against the Cardinals. “I was going right after them today.”
Thanks to new hitting coach Lamar Johnson, deGrom made a minor mechanical adjustment to his delivery, “just in case he was tipping pitches,” according to team reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, June 19).
DeGrom is 1-4 with a 3.75 ERA in eight starts this season, during which he’s struck out 41 and walked 21 batters.