The Mets knew that it would be a tough battle for the NL East in 2019, as 4 out of the 5 teams were expected to contend. Every game counts against a division rival the Tomahawk Dodger award is for the starting pitcher who has done their best to avoid the damage of the first-place Atlanta Braves.
The Tomahawk Dodger in the first half of 2019 was the reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom.
The Mets do not always win all of deGrom’s starts. Often it feels like the same old story every time he takes the mound. The offense gives him little to no run support and when deGrom does have a lead the bullpen finds a way to blow it. It never fails.
But deGrom has done his best against the NL East-leading Braves as only one player has 3 or more hits against him this year (Josh Donaldson, 3). In 76 at-bats against deGrom, Atlanta could only manage to put together a batting average of .219.
deGrom has allowed 5 home runs against Atlanta this season which is a high amount through the first half of the season. But deGrom has also struck out 26 batters which means Atlanta is striking out almost 36% of the time against him.
The Mets may not win a lot of deGrom’s starts and that could be a big reason why they are where they are in the standings. But one thing is for sure, Atlanta does not want to see deGrom on the mound when they play the Mets.