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

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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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PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 17: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the fourth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on July 17, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Andrew McCutchen

It seems like with each day that passes, Andrew McCutchen is referenced with reverence less and less. After putting together one of the best five year stretches in the Pirates storied history with five consecutive All-Star Game appearances, Cutch seems to have lost a step. A personal favorite of mine during his days in Pittsburgh, I wish him the best in Philly (given he’s not playing/affecting the Mets, of course).

Cutch’s encounters with deGrom are indicative of the path his career has taken since his all-star years. An All-Star in 2014, Cutch went 3 for 5 with a walk against the stud pitcher mentioned above. Since then, Cutch has gathered one hit in twelve chances with six strikeouts. Yikes.

After signing a 3 year/ $50 million contract with the Phillies, the expectations and pressure for McCutchen will be sky-high with the Philly faithful who have a knack for demanding greatness. deGrom’s meetings with Cutch on the diamond will be an interesting storyline to follow throughout their time together in the NL East.

Matt Carpenter

Matt Carpenter’s 2018 season is a real head-scratcher. After an absolutely brutal first month of the season, Carpenter tore it up for much of May-July. This torrid run placed him firmly in all the way-too-early-but-totally-necessary NL MVP discussions. Unfortunately for Carpenter, the season ended in September. After progressively removing himself from MVP consideration with a dreadful last couple months, Carpenter can still look back on a season in which he easily put up the highest home run total of his career.

How has he done against Jake, you ask? I shall tell you: poorly.

There is a silver lining for Carpenter, though, as one of his three hits (in seventeen chances) was a home run. For comparison sake, Carpenter’s batting average against deGrom is .176 while deGrom’s career BA is .186. And they say pitchers can’t rake.

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