Let’s get this out of the way right now. My doubts about Jacob deGrom have nothing to do with his attitude or ability.
The best pitcher on the planet posted a 1.08 ERA, 1.24 FIP, a 0.554 WHIP, a WAR of 4.9 and a ridiculous ERA+ of 373. He only allowed 40 hits, 11 earned runs, 11 walks, and he struck out 146 batters. He averaged about four hits, one walk, and 14 strikeouts per nine innings.
If only he could have kept that up for a full season. He would’ve captured his third Cy Young in four seasons and some MVP votes had he pitched enough innings to qualify. deGrom only pitched 92 innings in 2021 due to various injuries.
First, in early May, he was day-to-day with a side injury that eventually led to him being placed on the 10-day injured list. After coming back from that, he was day-to-day with an elbow issue. The next week, he left a start after three innings and was day-to-day with a shoulder injury. He made his last start on July 7th, but was placed on the 60-day injured list on the 15th with the forearm injury that would end his season.
It came out later that the side, elbow, and shoulder injuries were all from batting. Hopefully, the universal DH will be implemented in the new CBA so that’s not a concern anymore. However, the forearm injury came from pitching. Since he was close to returning in September, hopefully, he’s ready for a healthy 2022 after a full offseason of recovery and normal workouts.