Former New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom has signed a long-term with the Texas Rangers. While the move and the length of the contract were both surprising, deGrom has earned the choice to play where he chooses.
deGrom is on the Mount Rushmore of Mets pitching icons. His place in Mets history is rightfully alongside Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden, and Jerry Koosman. Over nine seasons, deGrom made 209 starts for the Mets, pitching 1,326 innings, striking out 1,607 batters, posting an ERA of 2.52, a WHIP of 1.00, and a K/BB of 5.3.
The righty has had so many great moments and memories for this franchise. Let’s look at some of the best deGrom memories, starting with a couple of honorable mentions that just missed the top three.
Jacob deGrom memories honorable mention: 2015 NLDS Game 5
deGrom did not have his best stuff on October 15th, 2015, but he found a way to limit the Dodgers to just two runs over six innings.
This was one of the classic deGrom starts where he had to find a way to get outs. He probably had his “D” level stuff that night, yet he held one of the best offenses in baseball to six hits and still managed to strike out seven batters. There were baserunners on every inning except the sixth, yet a couple of bloop singles in the first were the only runs deGrom allowed.
Jacob deGrom memories honorable mention: Cincinnati's All-Star game
“Hi, I’m Jacob deGrom and I have the chance with my stuff to just dominate baseball for years to come.”
Whenever I think of deGrom, this line from Joe Buck goes through my head. Such a simple observation from Buck, yet it still holds true today. It took deGrom just 10 pitches to strike out the side. The only pitch that prevented an immaculate inning was a ball slightly outside to Jason Kipnis. This moment was Jake’s introduction to stardom, and he never looked back.