Remember back in 2015 when Jacob deGrom pitched to a 2.54 ERA with 205 strikeouts? If his spring performance is any indicator, he wants to replicate that success for the Mets in 2017.
Thus far, deGrom’s spring has been a huge success, in fact better than any spring that he’s pitched in before. In Tuesday’s game against the Astros, he gave up his first run after nine shutout innings.
Had he not given up the solo home run to Brian McCann, he would have now been sitting on 10 straight scoreless innings. During his first two outings, deGrom only gave up one single and one double over six innings. Not even a single walk, to go along with seven strikeouts.
In total, deGrom struck out 13 batters in 10 innings. Sure, future spring outings could change this, but this is the first time ever that he’s averaged more than a strike out per inning in Spring Training.
How does he have just one walk and 13 strikeouts in 10 innings? Look no further than his incredible control. He has not been capable of throwing anything but strikes. During his first outing, he needed just 12 pitches to get through two innings. All 12 were strikes.
His second outing was just as incredible. Even while giving up two hits, he only needed 21 pitches to get through four innings. Again, all of them were strikes.
Tuesday’s game was a bit tougher, but still just as impressive. He threw another four innings and threw 35 pitches, 28 of them for strikes. That’s 61 strikes against 7 balls in total, a strike ratio of roughly 90 percent. You need something to compare that to? Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, like deGrom has given up just one run over ten innings. His strike ratio stands at 73 percent.
Noah Syndergaard’s strike ratio is even lower.
It’s Spring Training, it doesn’t matter. Yet the likes of Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve could not get a hit off him. So if the talent that brought him a 0.90 ERA, a 0.60 WHIP, and a 90 percent strike ratio continues into the regular season, deGrom could have a monstrous 2017.