When New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom faces the Philadelphia Phillies, he often comes away with a win and rarely gives up a home run.
As division rivals, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies get to face each other plenty every season. Ace Jacob deGrom is no stranger to facing them. Since debuting in 2014, he has gone up against them 15 times.
Two of deGrom’s three complete games came versus Philadelphia. One of them also accounts for the lone shutout he has thrown in his career. Although the 2.23 ERA he has versus the team isn’t the best, there is one impressive statistic definitely worth mentioning.
I think after 15 starts and 93 innings pitched we have a large enough sample size to say it’s pretty amazing for deGrom to have more wins against the Phillies than home runs he has allowed to them. At 7-1 with only six home runs allowed, deGrom has been beating the Phillies regularly and not surrendering home runs much at all. For a guy who often gets snubbed for wins, it’s quite impressive.
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There are other teams that fit this description. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, for instance, have each only hit one home run against Big Jake. He has handled those teams well by earning three victories against both of those squads.
The Phillies statistic is a little different because of how many opportunities they have had against him. In all of these years where deGrom and the Mets traveled down to the home run-happy ballpark in South Philly, the team has never seemed to figure out how to take him yard.
Home runs haven’t been a major issue for deGrom in his career. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. His career ERA of 2.62 is one of the best in major league history.
In 2017, things were a little different for him. deGrom gave up 28 home runs in what has been the one outlier season of his career. In four games against the Phillies, they only took him deep once. Even in a year when deGrom wasn’t at his best, he managed to hold them mostly in check.
The one blip on the radar came on a start in early September when the Phillies finally broke through. The Mets lost this game 9-1 behind an outing which included only 3.2 frames from deGrom and nine runs allowed. Among them, six were earned. Most surprising of all, the home run came off the bat of the opposing starting pitcher, Ben Lively.
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deGrom will likely get about three or four more chances against the Phillies in 2020. If trends continue, we can expect more dominance from the best pitcher in baseball over the last two seasons.