The New York Mets have not had a whole lot to cheer about in the past ten years. They did make the World Series in 2015 and the wild card game in 2016, but other than those two seasons, this decade has been disappointing.
One of the only bright spots in the last decade has been the emergence of Jacob deGrom. Since his debut in 2014, he has been absolutely incredible, which might even be an understatement.
From the second he made his debut in the big leagues he has made quite the impact with Amazin’ and memorable moments. I mean heck, the man was originally called up to be used out of the bullpen when Gonzalez German and Dillon Gee (remember them) were placed on the injured list.
Even though his Major League debut did not crack the top 5 moments in his career for me, it easily could have. deGrom gave us a preview of what was to come as he threw 7 innings against the crosstown rival Yankees and allowed only 1 run. Unfortunately, he also gave us a preview of the lack of run support he would receive as he was also handed the loss the day. On the bright side, he collected his first career hit and broke the ridiculous streak of at-bats without a hit for a Mets pitcher that season.
Jacob deGrom has blessed the Mets with some extremely big, clutch, and memorable moments in his career.
Although deGroms debut does not find itself in the top 5 moments of his career, it is still an extremely memorable moment from his career. I think it is fair to say making a list of his top 20 moments would not be that hard, he has been that good and has had that many great moments in his career.
With that being said, let us look at the top 5 moments in deGroms career before I do make a list of his top 20 moments.
5) Consecutive Strikeout Record
As if we did not think deGrom was good and dominant enough, he tied a then Major League record for most consecutive strikeouts to start a game with eight against the Miami Marlins on September 15th, 2014.
deGrom struck out the first eight men that came to the plate before allowing a hit to the pitcher.
This clearly was not good enough for deGrom as years later on April 17th, 2021, deGrom struck out nine straight Colorado Rockies (not to start a game), falling one short of the Major League record for consecutive strikeouts, held by Mets legend, Tom Seaver.
Anytime you are in the same sentence as Seaver you know are doing something right. The only question at this point is will deGrom edge out Seaver as the best Mets pitcher of all time, only time will tell with this one.