New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom could be on his way to a second-consecutive National League Cy Young Award.
Despite the fat lady finally singing on Wednesday night, eliminating the New York Mets from postseason contention, Jacob deGrom was excellent. In the midst of a 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins, the right-hander allowed two hits and zero runs through 7.0 innings. He additionally struck out seven batters and walked one.
It was most definitely the last start for deGrom on the year, as he ends the season with an 11-8 record and a 2.43 ERA. He already has one National League Cy Young Award in his possession from last season. Wednesday night, however, was the cherry on top for potentially another one. After the win, deGrom spoke on his real chances to once again win the prestigious trophy.
"That would mean a lot, it'd be a huge honor" – Jake on potentially winning 2 straight Cy Young Awards pic.twitter.com/frA6pYDJMu
— SNY (@SNYtv) September 26, 2019
“It’d be a huge honor,” deGrom said. “Looking at [Tom] Seaver and [Dwight] Gooden and those guys that have pitched here, it would be a huge honor.”
It’s an award that only a select few get to receive in a lifetime and deGrom sort of understands he has a great chance to win it again. However, the emotions weren’t all high for him on Wednesday amid the elimination.
“Tonight we fell short of a team goal,” he said. “It’s kind of mixed emotions and no one in here is real happy that we’re eliminated.”
Other accolades the Mets could look forward to in this last week of the regular season have to do with first baseman Pete Alonso. The rookie has a great chance to win the NL Rookie of the Year award and also lead the league in home runs. Not to mention, he needs one more home run to tie the rookie record for single-season bombs. The record was previously set by New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who hit 52 in 2017.