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Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is scheduled to take the mound against a devastating Dodgers lineup in both a crucial Game 1 and potentially Game 4 or 5 in a rematch of the 2006 NLDS.

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Following a 2014 National League Rookie of the Year campaign, deGrom has been all but your typical sophomore in his first full season in the Major Leagues.

deGrom finished off the 2015 regular season with a bang. This year he logged 191.0 innings while posting a 14-8 record with a 2.54 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and a career-high 205 strikeouts. His ERA and WHIP only trail the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta and ironically both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke of the Dodgers.

deGrom has proven to be a top-of-the-line starter this year, and perhaps his greatest moment of the year was when he took the rubber on July 14 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati for the All-Star Game.

Jul 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the sixth inning of the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Making his All-Star debut, deGrom struck out the side in an astounding 10 pitches, breezing through Stephen Vogt, Jason Kipnis and Jose Iglesias. deGrom left the baseball world in shock and helped put the Mets back on the map.

Additionally, the game was supposed to be a Dodger-dominated game as Greinke was announced the National League starting pitcher. Kershaw wound up taking the loss for the National League, as he went only an inning, allowing two hits, two earned runs and one walk. The National League lost to the American League, 6-3.

As we look forward to Friday’s Game 1, it will be kind of odd to not see a legend like Dwight Gooden or Pedro Martinez on the mound for the Mets. It will be equally shocking not to see Matt Harvey, who has been hyped as the savior.

deGrom marveled at the opportunity to pitch against Los Angeles’ Cy Young candidate (Greinke) in his only outing against them this year.

“Whenever I found out he was throwing this game, I was excited” deGrom said, via Adum Rubin of ESPN.com.

Terry Collins then replied to that statement, calling deGrom nothing less then a competitor. deGrom pitched a gem, going 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball while striking out eight. Not only did he shine on the mound, he also snapped Greinke’s scoreless innings streak at 45 2/3 innings. The Mets hung on to win the game 3-2 in the 10th inning on a Juan Uribe walk-off against his former team.

deGrom has proven to be trustworthy and continues to show that he can compete with anyone you throw his way. In my opinion, there’s no other guy I’d want to take the ball in a crucial game for the Mets than deGrom. The Mets have made it clear that they are either going to sink or swim this postseason on his back, and they trust him.

We should too.

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