Jacob deGrom still has a few years left in his arm before we can fully celebrate his career. I don’t mind. I’m enjoying the ride of watching one of the best pitchers of all time perform. The New York Mets ace is already blowing minds statistically. Every fifth day, it’s a historical treat to see what he can do next.
I’m sure coming up with only five mind-blowing deGrom statistics sounds lazy. I don’t think we could ever stop because of how magnificent his career has been so far. I had to set a limit somewhere though, ya know? A mind is a terrible thing to waste but an even worse object to blow into smithereens. I want to at least keep mine around until the next time deGrom takes the hill.
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has the 51st best ERA of all-time
deGrom’s ERA keeps sliding downward. Among after pitchers, only Clayton Kershaw has a lower ERA with 1,000 innings already logged. If deGrom’s trajectory continues, perhaps he does catch Kershaw one day.
After 187 starts, deGrom has a 2.553 ERA for his career. This is the 51st best all-time in Major League Baseball. Most of the other men ahead of him were dead before the 1950s. For one final example of how terrific this, Kershaw is the only other active pitcher with 1,000 innings and an ERA under 3.00.
Only three pitchers have a better career ERA+
ERA+ is another way to measure a pitcher’s abilities at preventing runs and it may be even more effective because it takes into account the performances of those around him. deGrom, with a lifetime ERA+ of 153, ranks number four all-time.
Ahead of him we find Mariano Rivera (205), Clayton Kershaw (158), and Pedro Martinez (154). deGrom is ahead of everyone else.
Jacob deGrom is a master of strikeouts
With a strikeout rate of 10.5793 per nine innings, deGrom currently sits in fifth-place all-time in this category. Certainly a number favoring more recent pitchers (Chris Archer is tenth all-time for goodness sake!), it is a testament to how well he does other things as well.
As far as strikeouts go, deGrom has 1,409 in his career. He needs a dozen more to climb into the top 250 in the history of the sports.
WHIP is one of those statistics that seem to not favor either older players or more modern ones. Number one all-time is Addie Joss. However, mixed in not too far behind we find the ace of the Mets, Jacob deGrom. He has the sixth-lowest WHIP at 1.0353.
deGrom is only a few fractional points behind Chris Sale at 1.0346. Among other challenges, one for deGrom might be to become only the third player in MLB history to finish below 1.00. Fortunately for him, he has already completed four out of seven seasons with a WHIP beginning with 0.
The third best strikeout to walk ratio belongs to Jacob deGrom
I was looking for one more impressive statistic to make Mets fans gush. One I think we can all understand well is strikeout to walk ratio. For deGrom, his total is the third-best ever. He averages a walk once for only ever 4.9094 strikeouts. Chris Sale (5.3663) and Tommy Bond (5.0363) are the lone players ahead of him.
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The masterful career of deGrom is not near its peak. We’re witnessing it through the early stages of his 2021 season already. Bound for more greatness ahead, it never ceases to amaze me just how awesome he has been for the Mets these years.