Jacob deGrom
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom dominates yet again, this time against the Atlanta Braves while surpassing 1,000 career strikeouts.

Robby Sabo

  • New York Mets 3 (74-84)
  • Atlanta Braves 0 (89-69)
  • NL East, Final, Box Score
  • Citi Field, Queens, New York

Just give him the award right now.

Jacob deGrom dazzled on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves, the last start of his magnificent 2018 season.

In throwing 110 pitches over eight scoreless innings, deGrom relented just two hits while picking up his 10th victory of the season. He also struck out 10 Braves in leading the New York Mets to the 3-0 victory.

Speaking of strikeouts, he also hit the 1,000-career strikeout mark.

For the season, deGrom’s final stats are absolutely NL Cy Young worthy. He’ll finish with a record of 10-9, 1.71 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 269 strikeouts in 219 total innings (32 starts). The only blemish on the entire line comes via the win column, something he couldn’t control all season long for a below-average Mets club.

Offensively, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith paced New York. The two both hit solo home runs in the eighth inning, extending the slim 1-0 lead to 3-0. The only other run came in the bottom of the sixth when Smith came through with his first ribbie of the evening.

Defensively, Jeff McNeil once again showcased nasty glove stuff in support of his ace.

Seth Lugo pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his third save of the night.

Though the Mets picked up their 74th win of the season—now a clean 10 games under .500—the story of the night is obvious. It was Jacob deGrom’s night to take a bow and exit eloquently. The Mets organization set it up beautifully. With deGrom’s final bow now over and done with, attention can be turned to the captain, David Wright this weekend.

Will deGrom snag the 2018 NL Cy Young award? If he doesn’t, an investigation must commence.

The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves will polish off the series in the form of a rubber game on Thursday night before the Miami Marlins come into town to end the season.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com