Throughout the last 3 weeks the Mets have emerged and possibly shown their potential and made themselves known as the underdog that can come out on top. One of my main reasons the Mets have had so much success is due to prominent starting pitching and the best one of all has been Rookie Jacob deGrom. Never heard of deGrom? How could we blame you, he wasnt selected until the 9th round of the 2010 MLB draft and wasn’t given much consideration as someone who could make a name for himself at the big league level.
deGrom attended Stetson University where he was a shortstop and didn’t made the transition to pitching until his junior season. Jacob made his rounds through the minor leagues and after 3 short years deGrom was added to the Mets 40 man roster after last season. Going into Spring Training there was rumors floating around that deGrom may compete for the Mets last spot in the rotation, which he did, but was beat out by Jenrry Mejia and Daisuke Matsuzaka. The season began and like others before injuries occurred. Dillon Gee found himself on the DL and Jenrry Mejia made the switch to the bullpen. The Mets began a pivotal 4 game series with the Yankees and it was announced before the series started that Jacob deGrom was getting called up and would make his MLB debut for the last game of the series at Citi Field. If deGrom was nervous, it didn’t show a bit. He was dominate, going seven innings only allowing one run and striking out six on as big a stage as it gets in the Subway Series. In that game deGrom singled in his first MLB at bat snapping the Met pitchers 0 for 64 skid to start the season the worst by a pitching staff in MLB history.
After another brilliant outing for deGrom on Tuesday in a Mets win vs Seattle it awakened the talks of possible rookie of the year consideration for the young 26 year old. This is what manager Terry Collins said about the job deGrom has done, “He’s always flown under the radar,” Terry Collins said. “Still is. This guy’s got numbers to match up any rookie in the league. You never hear his name mentioned.” deGrom has the best ERA (3.01) and is the only rookie pitcher in the National League to have thrown at least 50 innings. Diamondbacks Chris Owings and Reds Billy Hamilton are the only two other candidates that it stands now and neither has ran away from the competition. In his last six starts deGrom is sporting a 1.59 ERA the best of any rookie pitcher.
The Mets are going to be careful with deGrom’s arm but have no plans to shut him down or skip a start especially if the Mets hunt for the playoffs continues. Of course the Mets are not looking for another Matt Harvey situation but it is almost impossible to shut down someone pitching so well. DeGrom is surely not afraid of a challenge and has had no issues challenging hitters and competing with the best of the best. DeGrom has competed better than any other rookie in the National League this season and with out a doubt is deserving of the consideration if not winning the award itself.