Jacob deGrom gave the New York Mets all he had again in 2019. Before our minds exit from the season completely, we take a look back at his Cy Young caliber campaign.
After winning the 2018 Cy Young Award, many believed New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom would have a tough team repeating the feat in 2019. Well, he may actually take home his second piece of hardware when the winner is announced in November.
For the second straight season, there’s a legitimate argument to make that deGrom was the best pitcher in the National League. We’ll have to wait a little while longer to learn if he did indeed capture the majority of the vote.
With the season now complete, it’s time to review what went right, what went wrong, and what we should expect from these Mets players in 2020. We begin with an exit interview with deGrom.
What Went Right
Just about everything went right for deGrom this year—at least in the areas he could control. As I’ve already mentioned, he held down his spot as one of the league’s best pitchers.
deGrom finished the season with a record of 11-8 and 2.43 ERA. He struck out 255 men while walking 44.
I could go on forever about deGrom’s awesome numbers. The best thing he did all year was get paid. This happened shortly before Opening Day when the Mets agreed to extend him through 2023 with a team option for 2024. This will keep deGrom in Flushing for possibly the rest of his career. There is an opt-out after 2022, but we’ll worry about that later.
deGrom continues to move up the ranks of all-time Mets players. He’s climbing the leaderboards for multiple categories and should see his name near the number one spot by the end of 2020.
Before my nose gets far too brown, let’s look at some of the things that went wrong for deGrom this season.