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Mets Season in Review: Jacob deGrom

By Vincent Perricone
Jun 25, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jacob deGrom, long, luscious hair and all, just might be the flow of the Mets entire pitching staff come April.

Getting called up in May of 2014, deGrom was only inserted into the starting rotation when Dillon Gee suffered an injury.  In 22 games started, he pitched to a 9-6 record with a 2.69 ERA, but many of us had never even heard of him before he came up. I still remember it like yesterday when he was called up with Rafael Montero. It was Montero “and this other guy” to pitch against the crosstown rival-Yankees.

Going into the 2015 season, deGrom was another young pitcher we couldn’t quite make up just yet. Although he pitched well the year before, how could we know how he’d handle the bright lights, especially as a penciled in starter? Well, his pitching did the talking, both in the regular season and postseason.

Pitching to a 14-8 record with a 2.54 ERA throughout 30 regular season starts, he proved throughout his postseason starts that when he didn’t have his best stuff, he could still muscle his way through it. With a 3-1 record and 2.88 ERA, deGrom had no where near his best stuff. But he proved to everyone that come 2016, he wasn’t just some guy anymore. He was THE guy.

Now let’s take a look at his 2016 season.

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