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The best start of deGrom’s short career

Jacob deGrom has made just 11 starts in his major league career and Tuesday night was his best one yet.

DeGrom struck out 11 Braves, and more importantly, didn’t walk a batter. He’s struck out 11 before — May 31 against Philly — but has struggled with walks, issuing 26 free passes in 59 2/3 innings coming into Thursday’s game. This was the first time he did not walk a batter in an appearance.

His two 11 strikeout performances in his first 11 games means he joined Nolan Ryan and Dwight Gooden as the only Mets to accomplish that feat.

He needed 108 pitches to get through his seven innings, 73 of which went for strikes. He had 19 strikes looking, near the top for him this year, and 20 strikes swinging, far and away his best number this season.

He did give up seven hits, but they were all singles.

Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tv

This season, deGrom has really only had one bad start, even though this was only his second win this year. So far, he’s posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.365 WHIP, and has looked quite good doing so.

Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if deGrom’s name is brought up a lot heading toward the trade deadline. Obviously, the Mets have young pitching, something so many teams covet, so if they’re going to trade something away, it’s likely from their depth on the mound. Or, of course, they can continue to hoard talented, young pitchers and build their team upon that strength.




179 comments
Clifford Jones
Clifford Jones

Hey Paul I understand that wrong, but he doesn't play to sign autographs. He also plays to win and make money. Thats nice the the other players signed auto graphs. But we're winning and that's all that matters, and that piece of garbage is a big help.

Hoard,  hoard, hoard. Do not trade this kid. Why is it that when we get a kid that looks so good and has so much promise they talk trade. They are not going to do anything this year so let's look to the future. DO NOT TRADE HIM.

Mike Hahn
Mike Hahn

WOW had to look twice for a minute I thought we got Lincecum. They could pass for twins

rico
rico

Congrats to deGrom not just for his dominating win, or the cool spelling of his last name, but for also going down in the mets record books for being the pitcher of record for the mets 4000th franchise victory.  


Go Jake!

Diane Foxytwo
Diane Foxytwo

He pitched great yesterday with record high strike outs! Great job! I'm happy they backed him up for a win too!

Paul Rizzo
Paul Rizzo

My grandson went to Citi field today to see if he could get some autographs as the players come in at 1 PM. Game don't start to 7 PM. Mr Big shot deGrom ran away from him and his friend he would not sign.Real piece of garbage.Other players signed.

Madeline Cruz
Madeline Cruz

wow que lindo es Dios Todo PODEROSO...MI CASA =2 ...QUIERO LLEGAR A UN TENGO LA ESPERANZA...

rico
rico

D'Grom looks like a keeper.

In the similar way nobody expected Harvey to emerge as a star, nobody was penciling Jake in as an impact pitcher, but he seems to be. A joy to watch. d Grom seems like one of those pitchers the Braves or Nats would call up and I'd say…

"Why don't we ever get guys like that?"


Viva Jake!

Michael Leiman
Michael Leiman

I like deGrom a lot. He was getting an awful lot of swings and misses last night. And he seems a complete athlete...he can hit and he can bunt; probably fields his position well, too. After just a few Major League starts it's really difficult to evaluate. Mets have so much young pitching, but Gee and Niece seem prone to injury, Harvey is just off Tommy John surgery. So is Heffner (who I really liked last season). So I guess my answer is that I don't want to trade him right now. Pitching is just too fragile a commodity.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

How do we pry Goldschmidt from AZ?

Duda, Den Decker, choice of (D'Arnoud or Plawecki) and choice of (Wheeler, Montero or Matz).

Overpaying? probably but he's the real deal, young (27 this year) and under contract through 2018 basically about $30M from 2015 - 2018

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

I'd say trade COLON and MURPHY, even though I will shed a few tears losing MURPHY, but for the good of the club he and some other pieces can net us a decent OF power bat for 2015.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

The Braves announcers were extremely impressed with the Mets' core of young starting pitchers...they believe we will probably field one of the strongest rotations next year.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Next years free agent class sucks

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

I love watching this team when deGrom pitches. It reminds me of the late 90's when it was fun to watch this team day in and day out. 

Tony Bridges
Tony Bridges

DeGrom was great and he got run support.

Shelley Blum Ziegler
Shelley Blum Ziegler

good luck Deborah...everyone thinks they can do a better job than sandy or Terry..even tho most of them are couch sitters who probably never even go to live games...

Born2Fish74
Born2Fish74

Great start by the kid! 


SA has some very important decisions to make as they NEED some bats, i would look to improve the D and there's no point in keeping all the arms that they will have next year and going forward


Colon with his salary is a MUST trade, this opens up a spot for a young arm with a future and money that they can in turn use in free agency. I personally wouldn't have paid Colon and CY this year and their money could have been used towards another bat this year and trusted my young arms but that's water under the bridge at this point. If Colon gets hurt (say something in his throwing arm) this would be a disaster, this needs to be avoided.


I would definitely  trade Murphy especially If there is a 2nd baseman ( maybe Flores or another?) who you think is part of the future in the Mets system or if a young one can be had via trade, maybe part of above Colon trade. Again by this free's up additional moneys that can be used like Colon above.


I've heard the SS tearing up AAA is going to be average at best with the glove, SS and 2nd must IMO be upgraded defensively. This makes the Mets strong up the middle. Don't waste the good pitching on shady glove work.





MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

If deGrom continues his fine pitching, I would not trade him but protect him. The Mets has pitching covered to contend, they need to fill the holes to shore-up offense. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

o.k. conspiracy fans, did the Mets shelve Niese to protect his arm for a trade? Or, has a trade been worked out sub-rosa and a team wants him sidelined so he'll be strong in the 2nd half?

Michael Leiman
Michael Leiman

@rico Well said! Besides his athleticism he strikes me as unusually poised for someone so new.

gloveman
gloveman

@Michael Leiman being he was a short stop convert I'd say he probably fields his position very well.

rico
rico

@Karl Leopold Just as soon sign LeRoche next year (FAgent) and trade for Cargo, Either, Kemp…basically a big-time LF.

Michael Leiman
Michael Leiman

@Karl Leopold Okay, I could see that. At least you're not trying to steal him. Does Arizona need a catcher? What if they wanted deGrom added to the list of available pitchers? And a better outfielder...say Newinhauus...instead of Den Decker?

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

How about we just sign the Cuban guy tomas

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

Sorry...but they both stink; calling a duck a duck!

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

Kemp is owed $22M per year through 2019, He will be 30 this year and was injured the last 2 years and is having an ok season so far - $22m worth?

Either is at $18M per year through 2017, he's 32 already and is a 20 HR guy and we know how that translates at Citifield

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

Captain Kirk could be added at "warped" speed.  I think you can add a few pitchers into that list of pick 1 - Gee, DeGroom & Syndergaard

There starter is Montero - not brutel basically a .265 hitter with about 12 HR's

you have to give something to get something

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

looking at the contratcs they are not going to want a catcher either - montero is signed through 2017 at about 13.3 per