Lack of run-support for Jacob deGrom
The 2018 season was all about watching Jacob deGrom capture a Cy Young Award despite a lack of run support from the offense around him. Although slightly improved this year, the Mets bats again stayed rather silent for the team’s ace.
deGrom is once again near the bottom of run support. It’s beyond ridiculous how few feet cross home plate whenever he’s on the mound. In games where he started, the Mets somehow finished below .500 at 14-18. This is unacceptable.
There were times this season when the bullpen got the blame for deGrom either getting a no-decision. This comes as no surprise. The one surprise we did suffer with him through were some early-season struggles. deGrom didn’t get off to the best start in April, ending the month with a 4.85 ERA on the year.
Fortunately, this didn’t last long. He got it down into the 3.00s for good in his first start in May—a no-decision where he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Cincinnati Reds. By mid-July, his ERA dropped into the 2.00s where it stayed for the remainder of the year.
deGrom has all of the intangibles to be a 20-game winner. For the second straight year, he’ll settle for much less.
I know people often say “imagine if the Mets bullpen only blew half the games they did” in reference to how much more competitive they would have been. You can think about that, but don’t ignore how many times deGrom came through and the bats didn’t.
Now imagine a lineup where deGrom receives average run support. Instead of talking about what went wrong, this October would be more about how sweet it is to have playoff games.