Sweet like a king-sized Hershey Bar: Jacob deGrom
At least we can’t talk about 2018 without talking about Jacob deGrom. No. 48 had a season for the ages, appearing in his second All-Star game and going 10-9 with a 1.70 ERA over 32 starts and 217 IP to go with 269 strikeouts and a 0.91 WHIP.
Not to mention, he was worth 10 WAR according to Baseball Reference.
He pitched 24 consecutive quality starts, meaning at least six innings pitched and three earned runs allowed or less, dating from May through the end of the season, which tied a record. He gave up four runs once, his third start of the year in Miami. Sensational.
There is no question that he is the favorite to win the Cy Young despite his 10-9 W-L record. Wins should not matter after the kind of numbers he put up with a bad team given all that happened.
Like receiving dental floss: The Mets Free Agent Acquisitions and Trades
The Mets added several new names in free agency last offseason, hoping to fill in the gaps and legitimately compete. Unfortunately, none of them worked out very well. Anthony Swarzak signed a two-year contract and spent most of the season injured. When he was healthy, he pitched to a 6.15 ERA.
Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce also spent most of their seasons injured and both hugely underperformed, with Frazier hitting just .213 and Bruce .223. Though Frazier did hit 18 HRs and had a .303 OBP, Bruce hit just 9 HRs, with most of those coming in the last two months of the season.
Perhaps worst of all, LHP Jason Vargas, who pitched to a 5.77 ERA in 20 starts. In late June, he had an 8.60 ERA before landing on the DL. His ERA was north of 10 at the beginning of the season. He finished strong but did not look the part of his contract most of the way through. Overall Mets free agents in 2018 were injured, vast underperformers and a waste of payroll.
The trades the Mets made did not work out so well either. Devin Mesoraco, the former Reds catcher acquired for Matt Harvey, was an ineffective hitter and a mediocre defensive catcher, really becoming Jacob deGrom’s personal catcher.
The Mets got two unknown players in return for former closer Jeurys Familia, who went to Oakland. The Mets managed to get a top Phillies prospect, Franklyn Kilome, in return for solid contributor and veteran Asdrubal Cabrera, but he will have Tommy John Surgery next year and won’t be making an impact any time soon. The Mets got virtually nothing for Jose Bautista, who was also traded to the Phillies.