1) Back to Back Cy Young Awards
Winning a Cy Young award is nothing to ignore as most people know. Winning more than one is even more impressive. Winning two and having them back to back is all that more eye-opening. Let us not forget the deGrom was awfully close to winning three in a row too.
2018 and 2019 were some of the most dominant stretches I have ever seen thrown by a pitcher. A 1.70 ERA is just stupid and I still cannot believe deGrom was able to put that together in 217 innings, that is just unheard of. His 2.43 ERA in 2019 over 204 innings is incredibly impressive too.
Although he did not win the 3 consecutive Cy Youngs as many had hoped and thought he deserved, his 3rd place finish in 2020 should not make us forget that he did win the previous two years.
By the time deGrom’s career comes to an end (hopefully not anytime soon), I think winning back-to-back Cy Young awards will be towards if not at the top of his career accolades and moments from his career.
Although his 2021 season was cut short due to injury, it should not be ignored how dominant he was before hitting the IL for half the season. deGrom put his other seasons to shame with a 1.08 ERA, a 0.554 WHIP, and 146 strikeouts in 92 innings.
This will go down as one of the biggest “what ifs” in the history of baseball, but I think we should appreciate what we did get to see and witness because if this was a season from a relief pitcher, there is a good chance they would get a significant Cy Young award push. This season will go down as one of deGrom’s best moments in his career despite missing half the year.
deGrom has had no shortage of dominant, great, and memorable moments in his career. From mowing down hitters in the midsummer classic, flirting with history, winning multiple Cy Young awards, coming through in the clutch in huge games, and just making hitters look foolish with how dominant he is on a daily basis, deGroms career will have many memorable moments by the time it is completed.
Hopefully, he adds many more moments to this list and some that can fight their way into the top 5 when he decides to hang his cleats up years down the road.
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