2. Jacob deGrom 2018
deGrom’s 2019 was special, but his 2018 was historic.
In 217 innings, deGrom allowed just 152 hits, 41 earned runs, 10 homers, 46 walks, and struck out 269 batters. His ERA was a minute 1.70, his FIP was an equally impressive 1.98, his WHIP was 0.91, his ERA+ was 218, and his WAR was 9.9. He led the league in ERA, FIP, ERA+, and HR/9 with0.4. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was an incredible 5.85. deGrom was almost the unaminous winner, with just one first place vote going to then-National Max Scherzer, who struck out 300 batters and just edged out deGrom in innings pitched (220.2) and WHIP (0.91). He also finished 5th in the MVP voting.
deGrom had a stretch from mid-April to early June where he was truly dominant. In eight starts, he pitched 47.1 innings while allowing just 33 hits, three earned runs, and he struck out 68 batters. His ERA was 0.57, his FIP was 1.64, and opponents hit just .195 against him. He went seven innings or more in six of those starts. Perhaps his most impressive start of the season was on August 18th at Philly. He threw a complete game with nine strikeouts and only one unearned run allowed.
deGrom is the poster child for why pitcher wins and losses don’t matter. If you combine his two Cy Young seasons, his record is 21-17. It’s laughable that the Mets have never been able to give him the run support to win his games.