The Mets have something really special in Jacob deGrom. But they have something equally great in Zack Wheeler. Can he reach the same levels of greatness?
Remember how Jacob deGrom tied an MLB record? He went 25 straight starts allowing three runs or less? That’s an amazing stat but Zack Wheeler is creeping his way towards Jake with a very similar streak.
The New York Mets secondary ace has now gone nine straight starts giving up three runs or fewer and is one third of the way to the streak that Jake currently has. For a time, it looked like Zacks streak could even be better than Jake’s.
How? Because up until Zack’s start against the Dodgers, his streak was for consecutive starts allowing two runs or fewer. From the all-star game up until the end of August, Zack went eight straight starts giving up two or fewer runs. It was his ninth start of this stream where we see his first three run game.
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During his 25 start streak, Jake gave up three runs seven times. Of course, Zack could give up four runs or more at any time, but on an average per game basis, Zack’s streak is looking stronger.
If Zack can give up three or fewer runs in each of his remaining starts, he could start off the 2019 season with a huge goal in mind and work on a much longer streak. If the streak continues, he could finish the season with 12 or 13 consecutive games.
We have no idea what’s going to happen though. The last few weeks of the season can do whatever it wants to Jake and Zack, but even if they both slack off during their final few starts, their entire season in general would be a huge success.
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It wouldn’t really be surprising if in a couple months the Mets have both the Cy Young Winner and the Comeback player winner. However bad the season gets and however many losses we rack up, these two are going to keep things fun.