The Mets and Yankees have a rescheduled game tonight with Jacob deGrom starting. Jakes career against the evil empire has been a lot of fun to watch.
Even though nobody likes the Yankees, they have a special place in the heart of Jacob deGrom. It was against them that he made his debut a little over four years ago. With him making his sixth career start against them tonight, let’s take a look back at each of his first five.
Game #1: May 15th, 2014.
It was a big day for Jake, making his MLB debut just a day after he was called up to be in the bullpen. On this day, he did a great job keeping the Yankees from scoring. However in classic Mets fashion, he didn’t get any run support.
He began his outing with six scoreless innings. In the seventh inning he gave up just one run and was pulled. It was the kind of debut a pitcher dreams of. He gave up one run on four hits over seven innings and struck out six.
It’s a shame that the Mets lost by a score of 1-0.
Game #2: April 24, 2015.
In his second go against the Yankees, Jake didn’t really have his best stuff. He gave up two runs in the 1st and another four in the 3rd. He only made it five innings that game and gave up all six runs that the Yankees would score.
It was the second time in as many games that Jake was pulled before we could even get on the board. He recorded only two strikeouts that day and the Mets lost by a score of 6-1.
Game #3: August 2, 2016
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Like they always say, third times a charm. Jakes third start against the Yankees was by far his best. Not only because he was pitching well, but the Mets actually scored too. By the time deGrom was pulled after seven strong innings, we were winning by a score of 7-0.
He went seven shutout innings giving up just four hits and he recorded eight strikeouts. Thanks to a bullpen that chose not to blow the game, he walked away with his first win against the Yankees. The Mets won 7-1 in the end.
Game #4: August 15, 2017
This one was another disappointing outing for deGrom. It was his longest outing against the Yankees but also the one where he gave up the most runs. Entering the 7th, the Mets were down 4-0. They scored two in the 7th and after the Yankees scored again in the 8th, the Mets scored two more in the 9th.
Just one more run in the 9th would have taken Jake off the hook, but the Mets lost 5-4. Jake gave up all five runs the Yankees scored and made it through 7.1 innings while only recording four strikeouts.
Game #5: June 8, 2018
When Jake entered this game, he had a 4-0 record. But it didn’t stay like that for long. The Mets scored one run in the 1st and took a 1-0 lead into the 6th. Jake gave up one run in the 6th and another two in the 8th.
It was another game where had the Mets scored more than one run the outcome could have been different, because the Mets lost 4-1. Two of the runs Jake gave up were earned and over the course of his eight innings, he recorded eight strikeouts.
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Tonight Jake hopes to turn the tables. He is 1-4 against the Yankees but he is looking to use the momentum of his last few starts to earn another win.