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.