Losing 20-2 as the New York Mets did on Wednesday is tough. It’s a sign of the poor offense, inconsistent pitching, and sometimes absent-minded defense. Having it done against a rival like the Atlanta Braves makes it hurt even more. Never fear. The perfect answer is here. His name is Jacob deGrom.
Jacob deGrom will get the ball on Thursday to finish off the series against the Braves. Entering with a nice 0.69 ERA, the Mets ace is doing things nobody has ever done before outside of maybe when Danny Almonte pitched in the Little League World Series when he was in his 20s.
There aren’t many guarantees in life. Death, taxes, and deGrom giving the Mets a chance to win are three of them.
What can Mets fans expect from Jacob deGrom in this outing?
Dominance. Annihilation. A win! We can expect all of these things whenever Jacob deGrom steps on the mound. It doesn’t matter much who the opponent is. deGrom seems capable of handling anything thrown his way.
A look at the career numbers several Braves have against him shows this may indeed be the case.
Ronald Acuna Jr. has hit deGrom well, possessing a .296 batting average lifetime entering the game. Fortunately, he has only a single extra-base hit versus deGrom in 27 at-bats. He has also gone down on strike 9 times.
Freddie Freeman, the guy on the Braves who has faced deGrom more than anyone else, is a .250 hitter in 60 at-bats. Freeman has taken him deep three times at the cost of 16 total strikeouts.
A few other noteworthy numbers: Dansby Swanson is a .182 hitter versus deGrom with 12 strikeouts in only 22 at-bats. Even worse, Ozzie Albies is 5 for 39 for a .128 batting average. Somehow, he has made contact well enough to have only 11 strikeouts versus the best pitcher in baseball.
While deGrom is coming off a start where he allowed a whopping two earned runs versus the Philadelphia Phillies, there’s no need to panic. His scoreless streak may be over but who says he can’t start up yet another?
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This season has been a much different one for deGrom compared to others. The Mets have gone 10-3 in his starts after losing his first two. A victory to rebound after last night’s game would be a great menu item to help us all cleanse our pallets.