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Mets: End of April awards for the best and worst of the first month

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Michael Conforto #30 and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 25, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Nationals 4-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Michael Conforto #30 and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 25, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Nationals 4-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob DeGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets’ MVP: Jacob deGrom

Arguably the best pitcher in the MLB today, Jacob deGrom was the top performer for the Mets in the month of April and set several major league records in the process.

Through 5 starts in April, deGrom threw a total of 35 innings while logging a 0.51 ERA, which is the best in the National League, and second overall in the MLB.

On his April 23rd start against the Nationals, Jacob had arguably the best start of his career, throwing a 2 hit complete game shut out against the Washington Nationals, striking out 15 batters, which is the most he has ever logged in a game.

Beyond that, he has recorded 59 K’s to begin the season, tying Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan’s record for the most strikeouts through a pitcher’s first 5 starts.

In addition to his stellar performances on the mound, deGrom has also come through at the plate as well. In 13 at-bats, he’s recorded 6 hits with one double, good enough for a batting average of .462, while driving in 2 RBI and scoring 3 times.

Needless to say, Jacob deGrom has been performing on another level through the first month of the 2021 season, and if he continues to perform this well through the rest of the year, he could very easily win his third Cy Young Award.

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