Jacob deGrom – P
I hope that a DH is implemented and I do think it will be but as of now there is no DH in the National League so the pitcher is going to have to hit. Luckily, the Mets have the best pitcher in the game to hit ninth. The best on the mound, and the best at the plate.
The key for deGrom is health. He’s the best in the game, there’s no denying it at this point. In his 15 starts this season he went 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA. He struck out 14.3 batter per nine innings. He was doing things we’ve never seen before.
It’s no coincidence that the Mets collapsed in the second half with deGrom on the shelf. It’s hard to win games at the same rate when the guy you rely on to win you one game every five days is hurt.
While he was unreal on the mound, deGrom was just as good at the plate. He hit .364 and drove in six runs in just 33 at-bats. He’s a finalist for the Silver Slugger Award for pitchers even though he only played half of the season.
While that’s all great, deGrom got hurt multiple times off of swings. A pitcher should never get hurt because they are forced to hit. Hopefully, there is a DH or deGrom takes a little step back at the plate so he can remain healthy and make 30+ starts for the Mets next season.
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If deGrom misses time with injury, the Mets will be in a tough spot. Hopefully he remains healthy and is the same dominant starter he’s been for the entirety of his career.