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.tvThis 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.