New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is a master of run-prevention. He will enter 2020 with an ERA below 2.00 against 11 different teams.
By now, we all know how amazing Jacob deGrom is. The New York Mets ace won a Cy Young in 2018 and 2019, after all. When the 2020 season begins, he’ll carry with him an impressive track record of holding teams to an ERA below 2.00.
Through 2019, deGrom has an ERA below 2.00 against 11 of the league’s 29 other teams. Not all are from a single start either. Those teams who have escaped facing deGrom more than once include the Detroit Tigers (1.35), Kansas City Royals (1.29), and Los Angeles Angels (0.00).
Five of the teams are also in the National League and deGrom has faced each at least four times. The Colorado Rockies are the NL team he has the lowest ERA against at 1.25. This comes through seven starts. At Coors Field where pitchers’ ERAs go to die like a seagull in the middle of the ocean, it’s at 2.51. This number accounts for just two appearances.
Sample size is everything with numbers like these. We can learn a lot about deGrom’s dominance and lack of run support from these totals.
For instance, he’s just 4-3 against the San Diego Padres in eight starts yet owns a 1.57 ERA. Versus the Atlanta Braves in 21 chances, he’s 7-7 with an amazing 1.97 ERA against the hated division rival.
A little low-key, he has gone undefeated against the Arizona Diamondbacks in four starts. At 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA, they are a team that has not figured out how to get the best of deGrom.
Meanwhile, there are only three teams on the book which have battered deGrom around to the point where he owns an ERA over 4.00 against them. The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers beat deGrom up badly in the one start he made against each franchise. He has an ERA of 13.50 and 18.00 respectively versus each of them.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the lone team deGrom has seen more than once that seems to give him consistent trouble. In eight starts against the Brew Crew, deGrom is 3-3 with a 4.80 ERA.
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deGrom will get his chance to face the Brewers and Rangers again in 2020 with both teams on the Mets’ schedule. Although they won’t join the 11 teams he has an ERA below 2.00 against, Mr. deGrom can at least bring those numbers back down to earth.