After New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom threw his first gem in a while on Sunday, it seems he’s now ready for Game 1 of the NLDS.

By David Hong

1authordavid - New York Mets: Jacob deGrom Looks Ready For Game 1 After Sunday's GemEven though the New York Mets clinched the NL East division on Saturday, they still had important matters in mind for the last week of the regular season. Not only are they seeking home field advantage for the NLDS, but the Mets are also preparing their starting staff for the NLDS and who’ll start when.

Mets starter Jacob deGrom is likely the Game 1 starter. This has been the overwhelming thinking all season long. However, prior to Sunday, he has struggled over the last five starts with a 6.41 ERA, putting his Game 1 status in trouble.

But on Sunday deGrom pitched like the deGrom for most of the season against the Reds. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits and 9 strikeouts. That was the deGrom we saw from him for the most part of his career. With that gem, deGrom likely penciled his way as the Game 1 starter for the NLDS and looks to be back on track which is huge for the Mets.

deGrom will likely get one more start in the final regular season series ve the Nationals in one of the games at Ctifield. But the Mets will likely limit all their starters in that series.

deGrom was sort of a concern with his late struggles that Collins decided that deGrom will skip his previous scheduled start last week in order to give Jacob some rest and clear. On Sunday, that looked like the right decision. deGrom was back on track and if he pitches in that form in the playoffs, along with the other starters, the opposition will have a tough time with the Mets great young starting staff.

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David Hong

Other than God, sports are my biggest love. My teams are the Mets, Knicks, NY Giants, NY Rangers and St Johns basketball (St. John’s alumni). I especially love the Mets like crazy, more than any other team and seeing them win the World Series would be a dream come true and definitely the best sports moment. The Knicks are a close second. I also like to write, so combine that with my passion for sports equals a perfect scenario, I would love to do sports writing long term. If not that, then probably sports broadcasting, cause I love to talk sports as well. In addition to writing for ESNY, I’m also currently writing for Metsmerizedonline.