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NY Mets: 5 best moments of Jacob deGrom’s career so far

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets smiles as he walks to the dugout after the final out of the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets smiles as he walks to the dugout after the final out of the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 15: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

3) 2015 NLDS Game 5 Start

Fast forward a couple of months after deGrom mowed down the side in the All-Star game, he got the start in a win-or-go-home game against the juggernaut Dodgers in their home ballpark.

I think this is the one moment in deGrom’s career that nobody will ever forget. It was clear from the start of the game that he did not have his “A” game, but he still managed to power through and give the Mets 6 innings while allowing 2 runs which helped them win and eventually advance to the NLCS.

I remember watching this game by myself and looking back, it was probably a good thing. I had gone out for the first game of the series with some friends and while I enjoyed it greatly, it was great knowing if they did lose, there were still possibly four more games. Watching game 5 knowing it was win or go home, I was a mess for a good part of the game with how shaky deGrom was in the first few innings. Luckily, he was able to settle down and throw arguably his biggest and most clutch game of his career.

Even on a day where deGrom struggled mightily, he was still able to hold a great Dodgers team to 2 runs which truly shows how great he can be even without his best “stuff”. The Dodgers were the clear favorite to win the series but 2 big starts by deGrom, mainly his game 5 start, helped the Mets edge them out.

Similar to the other 2 moments, deGrom was giving us a preview of how later in his career when it was clear he did not have his best “stuff” or his “A” game, he is still capable of dominating the opponent and giving the Mets more than a fair shot of winning the game.

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