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Mets: Ten All-Stars Jacob deGrom has dominated in his career

By Shlomo Aminsky
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets heads back to the dugout after he struck out Ozzie Albies #1 of the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets heads back to the dugout after he struck out Ozzie Albies #1 of the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 21: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

We all know New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is one of the best pitchers in baseball. These All-Stars have found out firsthand how hard it is to go up against him.

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has dominated opposing hitters his entire career culminating in his Cy Young-winning season in 2018. To say that deGrom has succeeded in his brief time in the major leagues is a vast understatement. To put just how deGrominant Jacob has been into perspective, let’s look at ten All-Stars he’s had the upper-hand on since his debut in 2014.

Major League Baseball has no shortage of offensive juggernauts. Home runs are flying out of the park at a historic rate and deGrom’s ability to limit the slugging tendencies of the modern league has enabled him to rest among its elite. In this article, we’ll look at ten All-Star (and some all-world) caliber players deGrom has not only made look human but often times just silly. Honorable mentions will be given to those non-All-Star players deGrom had even less mercy on.

This list will include a minimum sample size of plate-appearances so as not to unfairly classify some all-stars as looking “silly” by deGromination….yet.

For example, Ryan Braun, Javier Baez, and Trevor Story have combined to go 2 for 34 with significantly more strikeouts (9) than times on base (5). But since they’ve each faced deGrom in less than 15 plate-appearances apiece, we won’t be too hard on them. Now to the real list.

Anthony Rendon

Anthony Rendon has long been the under-appreciated star of the Washington Nationals. Living in Bryce Harper‘s enormous shadow is nothing to scoff at, though, as Rendon has been ranked a top ten third-basemen by MLB Network’s “The Shredder” each of the past three offseasons, topping out at fourth entering this upcoming season. Rendon has actually never been an All-Star but seeing as how he led all NL position players in WAR at the All-Star break this past year (resulting in quite the snub), we’ll let it slide.

With that said, after three years of not securing a single base-hit against deGrom, he finally accomplished the feat twice in 2018 (currently 2 for 29 vs. deGrom). With a total career slash line of .087/.276/.130, deGrom has certainly had Rendon’s number.

Charlie Blackmon

Much like Rendon, Charlie Blackmon is a star living in the shadow of a superstar. Blackmon’s teammate, Nolan Arenado, understandably receives most of the fanfare in the Rockies but Blackmon has been an elite player himself these past few seasons. With three All-Star appearances and a 2017 batting title, it’s not uncommon for Blackmon to have superb splits against similarly elite pitchers.

There’s a lengthy and impressive list of star pitchers who Blackmon seems to have had no trouble dealing with throughout his career as evidenced by his .300 batting-average-against. This list includes Clayton Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, Alex Wood, and Stephen Strasburg. Not too shabby. One notable pitcher he seems to have trouble with is, yes, Jacob deGrom.

Blackmon, AKA Chuck Nazty has never been able to find a groove against his NL foe in deGrom as he has only had two hits and one walk in twenty plate-appearances to date. Fortunately for Mr. Nazty, one of those two hits was a double (some on this list have been relegated to just single-baggers) which puts his OPS versus deGrom at a crisp .308. Not too shabby indeed.

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