As expected, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has been fantastic at home. His road splits, however, are a little more difficult to explain.
In his 139 starts, 70 of them came on the road, which allows us to see how he has fared in each of the 29 other major league ball parks, and we will start the analysis with the park he has played in the most, Nationals Park.
deGrom has seen major success pitching in D.C., pitching against a team which boasted lineups with star players like Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, boasting a 6-1 record in eight starts with a 2.58 ERA. He had allowed 16 runs on 39 hits with six home runs in the Nation’s capital. Also collecting 62 strikeouts, the most out of any opposing ballpark, while walking just 11.
For a relatively hitter-neutral park against a team boasting some star-studded lineups, deGrom has played some of his best baseball in Washington, and with them now losing Harper, his numbers should stay solid against the division rivals.
The next park we will look into will be Citizens Bank Park, home to Harper’s new team and division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. deGrom is currently 3-0 in seven starts in the City of Brotherly Love, adding a 2.43 ERA along with two complete games (with his only other complete game coming in one of his 69 games at Citi Field), also allowing just 29 hits, 13 runs, and four home runs while walking 11 batters and striking out 44.
For a team that has been fairly average over the years, until they had finally hit their groove this year, these numbers aren’t as surprising as his numbers at Nationals Park, but it should be interesting to see how these numbers change now that the aforementioned Harper and J.T. Realmuto will join Rhys Hoskins in a dangerous looking Phillies lineup this season.
deGrom does have a kryptonite when it comes to NL East rival ballparks, and that park is Marlins Park. A fairly surprising one considering how depleted the Marlins roster is now, but you can’t forget that for four of those seasons, it contained the likes of Realmuto, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna.
In seven starts, the Mets ace has a 1-2 record with a 3.89 ERA, allowing 47 hits, 18 runs, and five home runs, striking out 49 batters and walking nine. For a team that has been in the basement of the NL East for most of deGrom’s career and a ballpark which is extremely pitcher friendly, these numbers come as a shock, even with the hitters the Marlins had in the past, but if deGrom continues to struggle against the Marlins, it would be a huge surprise as they do not currently have any big name players on their roster.
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Other parks deGrom has struggled in include Yankee Stadium, which is a notorious hitter’s park that now boasts talented players such as Aaron Judge and former Marlin Giancarlo Stanton, and Busch Stadium, which is home to the St Louis Cardinals and yet another former Marlin, Marcell Ozuna. Something tells me that deGrom doesn’t fare well against Miami’s former stars.
The biggest outlier of them all is Texas, where he lost his only start, coming out with an 18.00 ERA, allowing eight runs on ten hits and two home runs in a four-inning outing against a god awful Rangers squad. Although Globe Life Park is a very hitter-friendly start, it is still hard to understand why deGrom had a rough outing there, as the Rangers currently do not boast a scary offensive lineup.
deGrom has yet to have gotten the decision in a loss in five opposing ballparks, including the aforementioned Phillies, along with Baltimore’s Camden Yards, Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Colorado’s Coors Field, and Arizona’s Chase Field.
That list of ballparks contains the three most hitter-friendly stadiums in the major leagues, in Coors Field, Chase Field, and Miller Park in that order, and another park that is in my top ten in Baltimore.
Granted it’s a small sample size, but Jacob deGrom is seemingly perfect in some of the league’s prominent hitter’s parks through eight combined starts, also combining for just three home runs, allowing no more than one in each park, including zero in Arizona’s Chase Field. He also has a sub 3 ERA in all four parks, including a 1.17 ERA in Baltimore and a 1.77 ERA in Milwaukee.
deGrom has been dominant in these hitters parks, and it’s interesting because the players on these teams include Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt (who was on Arizona before being shipped out to St Louis, one of deGrom’s worst cities), and Christian Yelich, among other elite level batters, it is shocking to see why he struggles in pitcher’s parks, such as the one down in Miami.
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However, Jacob deGrom still has a lot of baseball left to be played in his career, so there’s no telling if these stats will hold up, but all I can tell you is that they sure are interesting to look at,.