New York Mets: Three Jacob deGrom predictions for the 2020 season
By Tim Boyle
What does 2020 have in store for New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom?
Death, taxes, and an amazing year from Jacob deGrom feel like the only guarantees there are in life. The New York Mets ace has won back-to-back Cy Young Awards and should be a contender for yet another in 2020.
In those two seasons, deGrom has been the unquestioned ace of Major League Baseball. His story is still somewhat unique, suffering at the hands of the team he plays for. deGrom’s teammates haven’t always been the most helpful to his success.
I’m optimistic about 2020—at least when it comes to deGrom. Although I’m not going to boldly predict he’ll win a third Cy Young, I would like to make a few predictions for him official.
Jacob deGrom wins 19 games
You can’t always have what you want which is exactly why I don’t think deGrom will ever receive any justice in this world with a 20-win season. While highly possible, history tells us otherwise.
deGrom’s current highest win total for any season is 15. He reached this mark back in 2017 when he amazingly put together his worst ERA campaign at 3.53. The last two seasons have included only 21 total wins, but we all know the reason for this.
The Mets’ offense has not provided deGrom with the run support any pitcher of his talent deserves. This has led to far too many no-decisions and even some rough losses.
The offense doesn’t get all of the blame. Blown saves have also given deGrom a record much closer to .500 than anyone would expect. Hoping for the best in 2020, I’m predicting we see things even out a little more with deGrom racking up more wins than he ever has in a single-season before.