Jacob deGrom
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks on Jacob deGrom’s fantastic performance during Monday night’s victory.

On Monday, the New York Mets began a four-game series at Citi Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Currently, in the midst of a ten-game homestand, the Mets need to be dominant from here on out, as they’re 4.0 games back in the National League Wild Card race.

The Mets took Game 1 of the current series by a score of 3-1. Offensively, the victory was fueled by first baseman Pete Alonso, who smacked two solo home runs, his 46th and 47th of the year. Defensively, it was all right-hander Jacob deGrom, who had another fantastic outing on the mound. After the game, manager Mickey Callaway spoke on deGrom’s will to win.

“Just sheer determination. When I see him competing and you see it every start. And you see it every pitch. It never wavers and that’s what it takes,” Callaway said, per Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “Even if they make a bad call, we make an error behind him, no matter what the situation is there is this look in his eyes that he is going to beat you.”

deGrom threw 7.0 innings on Monday night, allowing three hits and one earned run, walking one and striking out 11.

The Mets ace could possibly win the National League Cy Young Award for the second consecutive year. However, his largest objective for this year is a tad bit different.

“The main goal is to get to the playoffs and hopefully win a World Series,” deGrom said of the Cy Young possibility.

“Last year it was mine to kind of lose. I was thinking about it a lot more. Having won one, it’s still the goal but with the bigger picture this team trying to go to playoffs and get into the World Series.”

The Mets take on the Diamondbacks in the second game of the series on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.