Ozzie Albies has only been up in the majors for around a season and a third but his presence continues to be felt in the Braves ever-improving lineup. As the youngest player in MLB upon his arrival, Albies continues to rapidly ascend his game resulting in his first All-Star Game appearance in 2018. In a lineup that includes Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna, Josh Donaldson, and other respectable pieces, Albies is in a good position to be a force in the National League East for years to come.
As a team that historically prides itself on top-notch starting pitching, the Mets might not truly appreciate what it means to have a pitcher like deGrom. Albies is just another example of a star player who simply cannot scratch together quality stats against deGoat. With only four total bases, one walk, and five strikeouts, deGrom has suppressed the phenom handily.
(For those wondering, Acuna has 3 hits in 9 AB’s, Freeman is hitting .273 with two home runs in 48 AB’s and the Brave with easily the best slash vs. deGrom is, obviously, Johan Camargo: .353/.389/.588…alrighty then).
Nothing beats a good rivalry, especially a New York rivalry. That rivalry has some new faces at its forefront as a new crop of young talent has taken over both Empire City squads. And as the heir at shortstop to the great Yankee captain of the early 21st century, Didi Gregorius has Yankee fans saying “Jeter who?” *ducks
Jokes aside, Sir Didi has more than held his own as the Yankees shortstop and has become a fan favorite on that baseball team from the Bronx.
I, personally, look forward to this next generation of intra-city play and anxiously await deGrom’s improved and continued success against the Yankees daunting lineup. Starting from his sparkling debut in Yankee Stadium back in 2014, it’s been an interesting roller-coaster for deGrom vs. the Yankees. One constant, though, is Didi Gregorius‘ performance. Gregorius has mustered a total of three singles in his fifteen chances with deGrom.