This week’s spotlight is on the New York Mets‘ young phenom Jacob deGrom. After winning the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year award, deGrom has not disappointed to start the 2015 season. He is one of the many reasons why the Mets’ future is bright long-term, and also a big reason why New York is off to a hot start to begin this season as well.
After dropping his first start of the year in hard-luck fashion, deGrom has won his last two starts in dominating fashion. He has pitched 19.1 innings thus far, with the last 18.2 innings scoreless. Much of his success has been thanks to having solid command of all of his pitches and a 17:3 strikeout to walk ratio. His sparkling 0.93 ERA also ranks as one of the best early on. While it is still April, deGrom certainly appears determined to avoid any type of sophomore slump.
Just before the season started, the Mets were dealt with the challenging blow of losing Zack Wheeler to a season-ending injury. With Matt Harvey just coming back into his own, more weight was going to be put onto deGrom’s young shoulders this year, and he has certainly delivered out of the gates. Ironically, if it was not for the Mets losing Harvey for all of last year, deGrom may have never got his number called during 2014. With the success carrying over to this season for the 26-year old right-hander, the Mets are quickly building a premiere starting rotation, and winning games with strong pitching.
If Matt Harvey is the Dark Knight, Jacob deGrom just may be Robin in this duo of cape crusaders. Together they are 5-1 in six combined starts allowing four walks total. They have been the backbone of New York’s fast start and leading the NL East. With Harvey and deGrom having the people of Gotham City, I mean New York thinking big in 2015, do the Mets have enough to be playoff contenders? As Jacob deGrom continues to dazzle, he will be in the spotlight to continue to make a name for himself, and perhaps step out of the shadows of the Dark Knight.