New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes his ace Jacob deGrom deserves this year’s National League Cy Young Award.
As the end of the MLB regular season approaches, so does the beginning of awards season. The one time of the year that’ll determine the best ballplayer in either league, the best pitcher, the best fielder at every position, and eventually, which organization will take home a World Series title.
One of the more prestigious awards could land in the hands of a New York Mets pitcher for the second year in a row. After winning the 2018 National League Cy Young Award, right-hander Jacob deGrom is once again in the running this season. Not to mention, manager Mickey Callaway believes deGrom should win it without question.
What do you make of the Cy Young race right now?
Callaway: “deGrom, by far, hands down….I get the benefit of seeing deGrom every single day, so maybe there’s that bias….If you look at the numbers, it’s deGrom in my mind.”
(deGrom is a contender, not the obvious favorite.)
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) September 3, 2019
Through 27 starts this year, deGrom is posting a record of 8-8 with an 2.66 ERA and a 1.024 WHIP. He’s walked 39 batters and has struck out 214 in 169.0 innings pitched.
deGrom will take the mound against his NL East rival Max Scherzer on Tuesday, as the Mets look to steal another game on the road against the Washington Nationals.
The Mets are currently sitting 4.0 games back in the NL Wild Card race with a record of 70-67. They find themselves behind the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and the Nationals. New York is also tied with the Milwaukee Brewers at the moment.
After this current series against the Nats, the Mets will return to Queens for a 10-game homestand. They’ll partake in a three-game series with the Phillies, a four-game series with the Diamondbacks, and a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Each series will be more crucial than the last. With 25 games to play, time could be running out on an impending Mets playoff push.