NY Mets: 5 best moments from an entertaining 2021 season
2) NY Mets top moment: Jacob deGrom hurls a shutout against the Nationals
In only his fourth start of the season, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom tossed his gem of the year. It was Friday, April 23rd when the Washington Nationals came to town. A few hours later, they would leave with only two hits and a 6-0 loss.
This was possibly the best game deGrom has pitched in his career. He went all nine and struck out 15. It took the Mets ace 109 pitches to dispose of the Nationals. Among them, 84 went for strikes.
deGrom looked like he was well on his way to having another Cy Young worthy season. He went into the matchup with two consecutive 14 strikeout games. He left it with a 2-1 record and a season-low 0.31 ERA.
Sadly, this would turn out to be the highlight of deGrom’s season. While he would turn in a few more quality starts and continue his Cy Young pace, many of his starts were limited to less than 90 pitches.
Way back in April when deGrom was sticking it to the Nationals, nobody could have guessed it would have been such a disappointing year for him. It’s not that he didn’t pitch well when he was on the field. Injuries just happened to get in the way of what should have been one of the greatest seasons we’ve ever seen a pitcher put together.