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Mets: Who had the more dominant seasons, Jacob deGrom or Dwight Gooden?

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 18: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 18: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 23: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches the ball in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom                 G     Inn      W    L     R    ER     SO    BB      H    HR   GS   CG   SHO    ERA    WHIP

2018 – 30 yrs old        32   217.0   10    9    48   41   269    46    152   10    32     1      0     1.70    0.912

2019 – 31 yrs old        32   204.0   11    8    59   55   255    44    154   19    32     0      0     2.43    0.971

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Two Year Totals           64   421.0   21  17  107   96   524    90    306   29    64     1      0     2.05    0.942

I like to call Jacob deGrom, Mr. Automatic. For the last two years, you know before the game starts what you are going to get from him. 7 innings, 3 to 5 hits allowed, 0 to 2 runs allowed, 8 to 10 strikeouts, 1 to 2 walks, and usually a no-decision.

I totally understand his 10-9 record in 2018 since the Mets where a mediocre team that went 77-85 overall, scoring only 4.17 runs per game. Mickey Callaway’s horrible bullpen decisions did not help his cause. The Mets as a team never hit for him and it was amazing that he was able to be so successful with every pitch and inning being under such pressure. He had to be perfect, and in 2018 was perfect most of the time with 28 out of 32 quality starts.

Similar to Gooden, deGrom specializes in dominating the top of the strike zone with his explosive fastball and mixes it up with his lethal slider, which I believe is the most unhittable pitch in the game today. He also has ice in his veins and never gets rattled in any situation.

You would think that he would be around 20 wins in 2019 with a little bit of luck and some more offensive support. The Mets in 2019 was a vastly improved offensive team with its 242 home runs and 4.88 runs scored per game. But the same bad luck occurred in 2019 and he ended up with an almost identical record of 11 wins and 8 loses, with the team never scoring runs when he pitched.

After a slow start to the season in 2019, deGrom settled in and went back to being Mr. Automatic for the rest of the season. His back to back Cy Young awards are well deserved and glad that the sportswriters who voted do not look at wins and losses when making their decision for this award.

I remember back in 1987 and wondering why Nolan Ryan didn’t win the Cy Young Award that year. Ryan led the league with a 2.76 ERA and 270 strikeouts but also pitched with bad luck and no run support and ended up with an 8-16 record. The sportswriters that year voted for Steve Bedrosian instead, who had 40 meaningless saves for a mediocre Phillies team and a pedestrian 1.202 WHIP.

I guess wins and saves meant more to the voters back then and I was a little ahead of the time with my thinking. But to finish my thoughts about deGrom’s 2018-19 years, I have never seen a more consistent pitcher in all my days observing and studying the game of baseball.

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