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New York Mets: Five early bold predictions for the 2020 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates his fifth inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammate Amed Rosario #1 at Citi Field on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates his fifth inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammate Amed Rosario #1 at Citi Field on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 23: Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

One Mets pitcher throws a perfect game in 2020 and one throws a no-hitter

Predicting one no-hitter, in general, is extremely hard but predicting a perfect game, a no-hitter, and who will throw each is nearly impossible, but an attempt will be made nonetheless.

When the Mets have Jacob deGrom on their pitching staff the prediction gets a little easier. deGrom has never thrown a no-hitter or a perfect game in his major league career but if anyone has the stuff to do either it is him.

A career 2.62 ERA helps this a whole lot, but ERA only helps so much because a perfect game is defined by not allowing a single man to reach base. In this case, it would be better to refer to stats that reflect allowing men to reach base.

Statistics cannot predict if someone will throw a perfect game, but it is always good to reference them to support a claim.

In his career, Jacob deGrom has faced a total of 4,386 hitters and he allows 7.3 hits per nine which are below a league average of around 8.5 hits per nine. He also only allows only 2.2 walks per nine which is also below a league average of around 3.0 walks per nine.

In reality, all of that means nothing besides that Jacob deGrom is a darn good pitcher but he does have overpowering stuff and that could translate to a perfect game.

So, the perfect game prediction is taken care of. Now for the no-hitter prediction.

Since the perfect game was more analytical the no-hitter is more of a shot in the dark just because this pitcher is always pushed to the side when talking about the Mets rotation.

That pitcher would be Steven Matz.

Matz is always the guy that people talk about every year as being a make or break year. Well, maybe this year he will surprise fans.

It would be very Mets if the last guy fans thought of as a candidate for a no-hitter shocked everyone and threw one.

In today’s game it is usually the guy you least expect to throw a no-hitter who ends up doing it.

Chris Heston, Henderson Alvarez, Phillip Humber. Who expected these pitchers to throw no-hitters so why not Steven Matz?

It is so unpredictable that sometimes you have to just throw it at the wall and see if to sticks.

So, there you go Jacob deGrom will throw a perfect game and Steven Matz will throw a no-hitter in 2020 for the Mets.

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