Mets: Jacob deGrom now has the fourth-highest WAR in team history
By Tim Boyle
Jacob deGrom is now all alone with the fourth-highest WAR in New York Mets history.
Following his gem against the Philadelphia Phillies the day before Labor Day, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom further climbed into elite company in the history of the franchise. His ERA is 0.01 behind Tom Seaver for the all-time lead and his career WAR is now the fourth-highest in franchise history.
deGrom went into the game with a 36.9 WAR. This was tied with Jerry Koosman for fourth all-time in a Mets uniform.
Seven innings of one-run ball will do the trick. deGrom, a master of consistency, is already on the franchise WAR Mount Rushmore because of how reliable each season. He now sits at 37.2 and ready to climb up further.
From his rookie year to his current consecutive Cy Young defense, deGrom has been money on the mound.
deGrom’s stop on the all-time Mets WAR list may take a little longer. Dwight Gooden is third at 46.4. Based on how deGrom typically pitches in a season, he might be able to get there by late 2021.
The Mets ace should get there at one point and then catch the man in second-place, David Wright. The highest WAR of any position player in team history belongs to none other than the Captain. At 49.2, he’s within striking distance for deGrom by the end of 2022.
After Wright, there’s nothing between deGrom and the top spot except for Seaver. At 78.8 for his time with the Mets, Tom Terrific is virtually impossible to catch.
In addition to climbing into the top four all-time in Mets history, the 37.2 WAR for his career now lists deGrom in a tie for 599th place all-time in the history of the game. One of the players he happened to pass with his latest outing is Jose Reyes. The former star shortstop accumulated a 37 WAR in his career.
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The story of deGrom setting new records is nothing new nor is it something we should see go away anytime soon. His career has years left in it and his arm seems to have many more achievements.