Jacob deGrom is a legit candidate for Rookie of the Year

Jacob deGrom allowed one run and six hits against the Marlins on Wednesday night.

He struck out six, walked two, and left with a 2-1 lead after the sixth inning.

DeGrom, who is 7-6 in 19 starts, leads National League rookies with 112 strikeouts and a 2.87 ERA.

Terry Collins said after the game that it would be a tremendous honor for the organization to see deGrom win the National League Rookie of the Year award.


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“The guys that helped this kid along the way, the fact that he’s come up with really no buildup, when he got here he was going to go to the bullpen, we had an injury (to Dillon Gee) and now we can’t get him out of the rotation,” said Collins. “It looks like he’s going to be in it for a long time.”

DeGrom has thrown 157 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the Mets this season. According to previous reports, the Mets would like to keep him at around 180 or so innings for the season, meaning he may only have three or four starts left in 2013.

“I want to prove that I can pitch this late in the season,” deGrom said. “I’ve never thrown this many innings in my life.”


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: He got in and out of tough spots all night, and got by Giancarlo Stanton in two sticky situations by throwing his change-up in perfect spots. He’s a really smart pitcher. He had a high pitch count to start the game, but adjusted when he needed to. I’m bias, obviously, but I see him as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year, despite having some strong competition. I bet he makes the remainder of his starts, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be pulled early from games. If he does this, if he pitches even so-so the rest of the way, I think he has to get the award.




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It the Mets ran the table and made the one game playoff - who would the pitcher be?? I'd vote DeGrom..

Richard Hayden
Richard Hayden

Could have more wins if the bullpen didn't blow it. Of course his manager takes him out according to his pitch count vice his performance.

Larry Oddo
Larry Oddo

yes he could b as good as any met pitcher next yr

Coupon Hater
Coupon Hater

That would be terrible!!!!! Since Sandy got here we had a batting champ & he let him walk WITH NO OFFER. The next year................a Cy young winner & he TRADED HIM! If this kid wins ROY award Sandy may send him to the minors or Nats. Keep the awards and we'll keep deGrom

Tom Molen
Tom Molen

He's Definitely in the conversation.

Nick Waskiw
Nick Waskiw

Lets NOT hope he wins the ROY...you know the Mets when it comes to good players...

Jose Reyes - wins batting title - GONE!

RA Dickey - wins Cy Young - GONE!


See the trend? lol


And yes i know hes under control but we will still have to get rid of him somehow

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Love routing for these types of guys.  He's a gamer that just wants to prove his worth.  I think my favorite thing about deGrom is his attention to detail and just the maturity he's displayed as a young pitcher.

Erik Lum
Erik Lum

DeGrom is better than Tanaka! Eat it Yankee fans

Tyler McConnell
Tyler McConnell

Yes. I just wish the team around him was better. But yea that would be great to see!

Jim Puzio
Jim Puzio

He has proven, that even without his best stuff, he finds a way or gives his team a chance. Yes, he seems like the best candidate for the award

Andy Vavs
Andy Vavs

Too many people have the misconception that Billy Hamilton is having some sort of a great year-he's not even having a GOOD year; i'd call it mediocre. His offensive production is subpar, demonstrated by his OPS+ in the 90's-he doesn't get on base enough and he hits for practically no power. Most will argue that his stolen base numbers (50+ i believe) more than make up for his power struggles, and further add to his offensive value. The reason even this is not entirely true is because, while he has stolen the most bases in the league, he has also been caught more than anyone in the league-he is stealing bases at a success rate UNDER 75%, meaning he's probably costing his team more than he his helping it. deGrom has been lights out practically all season HE DESERVES IT!!! #LGM #yougottabelieve

Michael Leiman
Michael Leiman

I love watching deGrom pitch. He has tremendous poise and a great feel for the game. He's excelled in every aspect of the game to the degree that I was shocked last night when he messed up a bunt.


Hamilton has some major holes in his game. In particular, a leadoff man with just a .304 OBA is below standard; add to that the 21 times he did reach base only to be thrown out stealing. Having said that, the name of his game is scoring runs and he's done that 71 times. That's extremely impressive for a rookie and, of course, his 55 stolen bases certainly makes him stand out.


I want deGrom to take ROY, but, unless Hamilton breaks down the rest of the way and our guy throws some especially noteworthy games, I don't think he'll win it or should. Part of that for me is that Hamilton has done his thing the entire season while deGrom has not.


Honestly the best reward as far as I'm concerned is if we don't trade him over the Winter!

Patrick LeGrady
Patrick LeGrady

I mean Hamilton has like 50 something steals but batting like 260 so idk. deGrom has been the best rookie pitcher in the NL so yeah I could see him getting it but I can still see Hamilton getting it too

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I was assuming this to be Billy Hamilton's year and deGrom could hopefully finish a strong second, but looking closer at the numbers I'm not so sure. A .304 OBP isn't enough and while the 55 SB is very high, so is the 21 caught stealing. I'd argue, and this is the opposite argument I thought I'd be making before consulting baseball reference over these here intertubes, that deGrom's numbers are much better and more valuable then Hamilton's.

Donell Weaver
Donell Weaver

He better win it nobody hasn't been close to him

birtelcom
birtelcom

Two different questions: (1) Who will win the ROY? (2) Who has been the most valuable rookie in the NL?  The answer to the first one depends in part on fame, exposure and popularity rather than just performance.  Hamilton is more famous around the country -- freakish ability in a single narrow skill tends to get more attention than broader value, so Hamilton has an advantage in the fame/popularity contest.

The second question is more interesting to me.  Baseball-reference's Wins Above Replacement has Hamilton at 2.7 WAR right now, Arizona's Ender Inciarte at 2.6 and deGrom's pitching WAR at 2.5.  But Jacob also gets 0.4 WAR from baseball-reference for his hitting this season, for at total WAR of 2.9, most for an NL rookie.   Fangraphs calculates Hamilton's WAR as a little higher, 3.6 instead of 2.7, a lot of the difference being that Fangraphs rates Hamilton's plus defense as even more valuable than b-ref does.  Fangraphs gives deGrom a slightly  lower WAR than b-ref, 2.5 (pitching plus hitting) compared to 2.9.  Averaging b-ref and fangraphs gives you 3.15 WAR for Hamilton and 2.7 WAR for Jacob.  They are very close.  

Hamilton has 55 SBs, but 21 CSs to date is off-setting a lot of the value of those stolen bases.  It's been more than 20 years since anyone has been been caught stealing more than 24 times in a season.    

Mike Mulligan
Mike Mulligan

Yes, Billy Hamilton has been able to only run this year. deGrom's BA is only a few point lower than his.

Cathy Oddo McQuillan
Cathy Oddo McQuillan

He's been an awesome surprise, but let him just enjoy, relax and finish the season. It's his final numbers that count.

They are in the AL. 

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Michael Leiman Well said.  He strikes me as the type of guy who will quietly remain the most consistent pitcher over the course of his Mets career.  He could care less about the spotlight - give it to Harvey, Wheeler, or Syndergaard.  He's just going to take the ball every 5th or so day and give his team a chance to win.  Might even knock a few hits each game while he's at it.


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