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Marcus Stroman offers incredible praise of Jacob deGrom after latest gem

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom turned in another gem for the New York Mets on Friday, and it earned him some high praise from one of his teammates.

deGrom threw a complete game shutout against the Washington Nationals, allowing just two hits while walking none and striking out 15. To make things even better, he also contributed two hits, including an RBI double. He’s hitting .545 on the season, and his ERA fell to 0.31 through four starts.

Fellow starter Marcus Stroman, who gets to watch deGrom up close every fifth day, hailed his teammate as “the best to ever do it.”

Stroman’s assessment will start arguments, but there’s no denying that deGrom is doing something special. Since the start of the 2018 season, deGrom has made 80 starts, and in those starts his ERA is exactly 2.00. That’s a remarkable number over that long of a period, and it once again demonstrates that we are watching one of the best pitchers of the era.

deGrom is under team control through 2024. Mets fans have a franchise legend to partly thank for that.

Jacob deGrom exits Mets’ start with possible injury

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom exited his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night prematurely due to some issue.

deGrom allowed four hits, a walk, and three runs over two innings and left with his New York Mets trailing 3-0. deGrom gave up all three runs in the second inning.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was seen talking with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and head athletic trainer Brian Chicklo in the dugout after getting out of the second inning. deGrom expressed frustration by slamming a water bottle at one point.

Michael Wacha began warming up in the bullpen and replaced deGrom in the third.

deGrom’s reaction suggested there may have been something more going on beyond just his performance in the game.

The 32-year-old ace entered the game 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. His 1.67 ERA led the NL.

Jacob deGrom feels good, targeting Opening Day

Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets can breathe a sigh of relief with their ace righty.

In a media session Thursday, Jacob deGrom provided an update on his health.

“I feel good,” said the star pitcher, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “That’s the goal, to pitch on Opening Day.”

The back-to-back reigning NL Cy Young winner deGrom put a scare into the Mets this week when he exited a simulated game early because of a back issue, which is always concerning for a pitcher. He subsequently underwent an MRI, but the results were fortunately very encouraging.

Opening Day for the Mets is scheduled for July 24 against the Atlanta Braves. deGrom, who is entering his age-32 season, will be a no-brainer to draw the start if he is physically ready to do so.

Report: Jacob deGrom considered day-to-day after encouraging MRI results

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The New York Mets reportedly got good news on ace Jacob deGrom on Wednesday.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, deGrom is considered day-to-day with a back issue after an MRI showed nothing concerning.

This is positive news for the Mets, who did not need an injury of any sort to their star pitcher. He gave the team a pretty big scare on Tuesday when he left a simulated game early with back trouble.

deGrom has been one of the game’s best pitchers, particularly in the last two years. The back-to-back NL Cy Young winner is coming off a season that saw him post a 2.43 ERA while leading the National League with 255 strikeouts.

Jacob deGrom leaves outing due to back tightness

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom was supposed to be getting closer to being ready for the start of the MLB season, but he may have had a setback on Tuesday.

deGrom only pitched one inning during an intrasquad game before leaving with back soreness.

deGrom pitched three innings in his previous outing and likely would have been in line for more work Tuesday if not for his back.

The 32-year-old New York Mets ace has won the NL Cy Young Award and been named an All-Star two years in a row. He led the NL in strikeouts last year with 255 and led the NL with a 1.70 ERA in 2018.

deGrom was on schedule to start the Mets’ first game of the season, which is scheduled for July 24 against Atlanta.

5 MLB pitchers who could post a sub-2.00 ERA this season

Max Scherzer

A 60-game season changes a lot about Major League Baseball. One of the numerous changes will include player statistics looking a lot different in 2020. Anyone who approaches 20 home runs or 40 RBIs will be having a very impressive season at the plate. Where the basic counting stats will look less impressive, a shorter season means that average-based stats may look more impressive — after all, it’s a lot easier to hit .400 over the span of 60 games than it is to do it over 162.

This applies to pitchers, too. Wins and strikeouts are not going to be very high in 2020. ERAs, however, could be very low. If we’re lucky, we get a pitcher or two every five to ten years who keeps his ERA under 2.00 for an entire season. In 2020, it’s a lot more likely that we see at least one, if not more.

So which pitchers are candidates to put together a season like that? Here are five who have what it takes to do it.

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Mets intend to keep Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets are coming to terms with the fact that they won’t be a playoff team in 2019, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be blowing everything up.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Friday that the team would seek to move expiring contracts, but had no intention of putting pitchers Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom on the market.

There had been a lot of chatter in recent days about Syndergaard in particular, with rumors swirling that the Mets would consider dealing him. It may still be true, and Van Wagenen could be jockeying for prime negotiating position by saying this aloud. With Syndergaard still under team control through 2021, however, there isn’t a lot of incentive to get rid of him now unless they get a huge offer.

Mets manager admits to trying to pad Jacob deGrom’s stats

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If nothing else, you have to give Mickey Callaway credit for his honesty.

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom threw a gem on Tuesday, going 8.1 innings, striking out 10 batters, and allowing just two earned runs in a 10-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Callaway, the Mets manager, pulled deGrom in the ninth inning and inserted reliever Robert Gsellman to get the final two outs.

After the game, Callaway was asked why he went with the veteran Gsellman instead of putting in young reliever Stephen Nogosek in what appeared to be a prime spot with an eight-run lead. Callaway essentially admitted that he was trying to pad deGrom’s stats, reasoning that he did not want any inherited runners to go on the star righty’s stat line, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

True, Gsellman was the more seasoned, reliable option, and even if deGrom exited the game without any runners on base, Callaway probably had already made the decision to warm up Gsellman over Nogosek. But giving one of your top bullpen arms an unnecessary day of work for the purposes of preserving an individual stat line is an interesting strategy to say the least.

After posting the best ERA in baseball last season (1.70), deGrom hasn’t been particularly close to replicating that feat this year with a 3.38 ERA in 14 starts before Tuesday. Still, he has to appreciate Callaway’s efforts, especially in a season where the skipper has taken major heat for his pitching decisions.

Mets blame mechanical problem for Jacob deGrom’s struggles

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Jacob deGrom’s third mediocre start in a row has raised some concerns in New York about his health, but the team and the player are claiming that has nothing to do with it.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway blames a mechanical issue for deGrom’s issues, saying that the star pitcher is “leaving the rubber a little quick,” via Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. This leads to deGrom’s pitches staying too close to the middle of the plate.

deGrom agreed, saying that he felt “great” physically.

“My arm feels great. That’s what’s frustrating about it,” deGrom said. “Felt really good, good warming up. To go there and do that, that’s embarrassing.”

deGrom gave up five runs in four innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. It was the second time in three starts he failed to pitch past the fourth inning, and he hasn’t come up with a quality start since April 3. It’s certainly easy to try to connect it to recent elbow discomfort he experienced, but nothing appeared wrong medically and both deGrom and the Mets are steadfast that it’s not the root of his problems right now.

Jacob deGrom MRI comes back clean, could start Friday

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom’s injury scare appears to have been only a scare after all.

According to New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, deGrom underwent an MRI on his elbow and it came back clean. He threw another bullpen on Monday, and if he comes through Wednesday’s without issue, he could start on Friday.

The initial word on deGrom’s elbow was discouraging, but it cleared up quickly and there’s nothing significantly wrong. It’s definitely the best-case scenario for the Mets, and barring a setback, he’ll pitch this week.