What Went Wrong
Replicating the performance from 2018 was nearly impossible for deGrom. The historic year was one no man could put together in back-to-back seasons in the modern era. With “juiced baseballs” flying out of ballparks everywhere, it was even more difficult.
The biggest hurdle for deGrom this season was a lack of run support. The age-old tradition of the Mets offense going cold whenever he was on the mound continued in 2019. As a result, his wins total wasn’t where it should be.
As an individual performer, we also have to take note of how poorly deGrom performed in April. By the end of the first month, he owned a 4.85 ERA. The Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, and Milwaukee Brewers all gave him a hard time early on in the year. Fortunately, he figured things out.
deGrom ended the year with three straight starts of 7 innings pitched and zero runs allowed. The only reason this falls into the “what went wrong” category is because we didn’t get to see him carry over this hot streak to October. Now that we know what he is fully capable of, it’s a waiting game for fans to see what this man can deliver in the postseason. He was just a baby in 2015. Now he’s a man.
We saw a more human side of deGrom this season on the mound. His numbers, while still fantastic, didn’t compare to his previous season. They were actually quite similar to what he did back in 2015—which I look at positively. The performance in 2019 is probably an average one from this man. That’s great news for the Mets.