The New York Mets are hot garbage this year. However, that hasn’t prevented Jacom deGrom from being lights out on the mound and truly living up to the term “ace.”
The Cy Young candidate (who is neck-and-neck with Max Scherzer) threw another quality start on Tuesday night, going seven innings, striking out nine batters, and only allowing two runs on three hits. It was his 26th straight start where he allowed three or fewer runs, breaking a 108-year-old record that was previously held by Leslie “King” Cole of the Chicago Cubs.
Unfortunately, deGrom’s record over those 26 starts is only 8-8 because the Mets collectively couldn’t hit a beachball if it was floated in to them at 65 mph. Case in point: he left Tuesday’s strong showing while still losing 2-1, and the Mets would eventually fall 5-3. For comparison’s sake, Cole went 20-4 in the season where he set the record.
DeGrom’s ERA this season is a tiny 1.71, and could rank among the best single-season ERA’s in the last 100 years of baseball history if he can continue his domincance for a few more weeks. He also has 239 strikeouts over 195 innings pitched, but still trails Scherzer in most categories (other than ERA).