No National League team has a better batting average or slugging percentage against New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom than the St. Louis Cardinals. The franchise has slashed .291/.315/.483 against him in 7 starts to go with their 8 home runs.
You might think because of all of the hard-luck deGrom often runs into and how little run support he gets that a team hitting almost .300 against him should have skewered numbers against him. Fortunately, deGrom has a 4-2 record against the Cardinals.
Although the Cardinals franchise has hit well against the Mets ace, the current roster hasn’t had the same luck
A .291 batting average is nothing to scoff at. What current Cardinals have done against him, however, is scoff-worthy.
Current members of the St. Louis ball club are slashing just .208/.222/.375 lifetime against deGrom. Highlights include Nolan Arenado going 2 for 20 and Paul Goldschmidt with 1 hit in 8 at-bats. Harrison Bader does have a pair of hits in three at-bats and Paul DeJong somehow has two home runs in his 11 at-bats versus the Mets ace.
Because the Mets and Cardinals didn’t face each other last year, a lot of the younger players have yet to face deGrom. The teams typically only see each other twice a year, once at home and once more on the road.
Jacob deGrom’s last start versus the Cardinals
The last time deGrom did make a start against the Cardinals was under unusual circumstances. On June 13, 2019, the game was suspended in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied at 3. deGrom had already exited the game after tossing seven innings, striking out 8, and allowing 2 earned runs.
In typical 2019 Mets fashion, Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless eighth inning before Edwin Diaz came on to allow two runs to score in the top of the ninth. This tied the game 4-4 and set up for a very strange delay.
Diaz entered in the top of the tenth inning and gave up the lead run. Carlos Gomez, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Jeff McNeil went down in order in the bottom of the tenth to end the game. deGrom got the no-decision and even though I don’t remember how fans react, I’m pretty sure I learned a few new swear words on Twitter thrown at Diaz.
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With deGrom, I’m not sure we can ever truly look at past numbers and assume anything. The man is on a different level. He’s impossible to predict outside of knowing he’s going to give his team a fantastic shot to win a game. I expect the same to happen in his next matchup with St. Louis.