Jacob deGrom is coming off back-to-back Cy Young Awards with high expectations for 2020. He has built quite the resume, but there are a few things we would love to see the New York Mets ace add in the 2020 season.
Jacob deGrom has begun to carve out a nice career path and some impressive accolades for a short career. In six seasons with the New York Mets, deGrom has won the Rookie of the Year award, two Cy Young Awards, been elected to three All-Star Games, has finished in the top ten in Cy Young voting two other years he did not win, and finished in the top ten MVP voting on two different occasions.
There aren’t many pitchers who have done more since he joined the big leagues.
deGrom has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, but there are some things that he has not done and could do soon. In 2020, you better expect Mets fans everywhere will be rooting for our ace to add these three accomplishments to his resume.
1) Start the All-Star Game
In deGrom’s six seasons thus far he has been elected to an All-Star game in three of them, but he has yet to start the game. He came out absolutely dominate in his first All-Star game back in 2015 when he struck out the side on only 10 pitches. That is impressive to do in a regular-season game, but to do against All-Star caliber players is even more incredible.
It is not unreasonable to see deGrom start the All-Star Game in 2020 as he has established himself as one of, if not the best pitcher in the game. Coming off of back to back Cy Young awards in runaway voting each year, it is very possible he can start the year just as hot and carry it to the All-Star break as the National Leagues starter.
2) Throw a No-Hitter
Now I know they should never be talked about due to it being a “jinx” and it is almost unfair to want to see this/expect it, but this is arguably the next step for deGrom to add to his list of accolades and potential Hall of Fame resume.
As I said before, deGrom is one of, if not the best pitcher in the game, so if he were to go out and throw a no-no it would not be all too surprising. Now it is obviously not easy and some of the best pitchers of all time have never thrown one, but deGrom is dominant and overpowers many players in the league.
Back during the 2016 season, deGrom came close when he threw a complete-game one-hit shutout. The most impressive and also the most irritating thing about it was the fact that the opposing pitcher got the sole hit for the other team. Knowing that deGrom threw a one-hitter before he became the truly overpowering and dominant pitcher he is now, makes the odds seem even better for him to do it.
3) Postseason Success
Now I know this third thing is not completely in the hands of deGrom as he cannot have any postseason success if the team does not make it there. If the Mets are to make the playoffs in 2020 deGrom can control the success he has in the postseason though.
In the one year that the Mets did make the playoffs with deGrom on the roster, he did put up good numbers and have a successful postseason. In 25 innings during the 2015 postseason deGrom had a 2.88 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and struck out 29 batters. This is including his World Series start where he only threw five innings and allowed four runs while striking out two. This just shows how dominant he was in the NLDS and NLCS.
deGrom has improved his game since and we can expect him to add to the impressive numbers if he pitches in the postseason again this season. He has shown he can pitch in big games in New York during the regular season, so who knows how well he would step up in the postseason in an even bigger spotlight.
Honorable Mention: Silver Slugger
deGrom has always been known as a good-hitting pitcher as he was a shortstop in college and then transitioned into a pitcher. This past season in 2019 he had career highs in OBP, SLG, OPS, home runs, and RBI. If deGrom can continue his offensive improvement he could have a decent shot with this past year’s winner Zack Greinke now in the American League.
The 2020 season should be another solid season for the Mets ace as he has established himself as a top pitcher in the league. It is hard to top the back to back Cy Young Awards deGrom has won, but he can do a handful of other things as I mentioned.
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