The New York Mets didn’t win Jacob deGrom’s latest dominant start on Wednesday night, but the right-hander is continuing a filthy trend that he’s kept up throughout his career.
Any way you slice it, the New York Mets should’ve beaten the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. They had their ace on the mound in Jacob deGrom, who was dominant once again, allowing just four hits and two walks on eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings.
He left with a 1-0 lead thanks to a Brandon Nimmo home run, but the Mets couldn’t muster any other offense before Jeurys Familia coughed up the lead in the ninth inning. We’ve already talked about what exactly has been driving deGrom’s superb performance to date, but there’s a certain trend that he’s kept up since debuting for New York in 2014, via Steve Gelbs of SNY.
DeGrom has now allowed one or no runs in 53 of his 117 career starts. So almost half. Crazy.
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) May 24, 2018
To break it down a little more precisely, deGrom has surrendered no more than one run in just over 45 percent of his starts. Whether the offense consistently supports him and actually wins the majority of those games is a whole other story. Still, it shows just how valuable he’s been to the Mets in his career.
While we’re not going to make any real comparisons between deGrom and Clayton Kershaw, consider this: Kershaw started 116 games between his rookie year of 2008 and 2011. During that time, he allowed one or no runs in a start 54 times.
Any time you can hear your name alongside Clayton Kershaw, you have to respect it. That is a huge deal for deGrom himself and the Mets as a whole.
Despite the team loss on Wednesday, deGrom’s record remains unblemished at 4-0. His 1.54 ERA is the lowest in the National League among qualified starters, while his 2.5 fWAR is second in the NL to only Max Scherzer.
Noah who? deGrom is stealing a lot of the attention.