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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A look at where Mets ace Jacob deGrom's dominant season ranks in the top 10 of the last 50 years.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Before their season-ending 4-3 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, the Yankees put out a call for the 'Avengers' on Twitter, saying it was 'all on the line.'

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (AKA Thor), who has been voyaging around Europe -- where he became a Viking -- had a response to the Yankees on Wednesday morning.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Before their season-ending 4-3 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, the Yankees put out a call for the 'Avengers' on Twitter, saying it was 'all on the line.'

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (AKA Thor), who has been voyaging around Europe -- where he became a Viking -- had a response to the Yankees on Wednesday morning.

Click below to see...

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom was unanimously named 2018's Baseball Digest Pitcher of the Year, it was announced Thursday.

"It's a great honor," deGrom said in a press release. "I had a simple philosophy this season - to take it pitch-by-pitch and inning-by-inning. It was my job to put up zeros and that's what I tried to do. I tried to control what I could control. What I'm most proud of this year was my consistency."

DeGrom received all 15 first place votes while racking up 45 points. Max Scherzer was his closest competition (with 18 points), followed by Blake Snell, Justin Verlander, Aaron Nola, and Chris Sale

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While watching Mets fans shower David Wright with love and thunderous ovations this past Saturday night at Citi Field, Jacob deGrom wondered if something like that at Citi Field could be in store for him in the future. 

"It's rare that happens anymore that guys spend their whole career with one team, and it shows you how special it is," deGrom said Sunday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "Definitely you think, 'What if this could be me?' however many years down the road."

DeGrom, who is under contract through the 2020 season, said multiple times this past season that he is open to a long-term contract extension with the Mets...

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The response to and emotions shown to David Wright Saturday after his likely final game with the Mets was a rare occurrence in sports, let alone for the Mets. 

Since they have Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Jacob deGrom and others, the Mets will not be without leadership next season just because Wright is gone. The fact is, despite his reputation always hovering above the team, any physical leadership he provided the past few years was done mostly from afar.

That said, despite three other players having the potential to be the next homegrown player that achieves great things, makes us proud and does it only ever wearing a Mets uniform, only one guy has the necessary tools needed to be like Wright...

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Jacob deGrom for Cy Young 2018 00:01:02
SNY makes the case that wins don't matter, and that Jacob deGrom should get the vote for National League Cy Young in 2018.

Who needs wins, anyway?

Jacob deGrom finished the season with a 10-9 record, but SNY makes the case that the Mets ace -- who ended up with a 1.70 ERA -- should get the vote for the National League Cy Young this season.

Forget Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola... and watch our campaign video.

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Jeff Wilpon talks next GM 00:03:36
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon addresses the media about the disappointing 2018 season, and where things stand in the search for the team?s next GM

The Mets, who are searching for a new general manager, let down their fans - and not to mention Jacob deGrom - this season, which comes to an end Sunday afternoon.

COO Jeff Wilpon addressed the media before the Mets - Marlins matchup and expressed how "disappointed" they were with the results. 

"Even though the effort's there, the talent wasn't, and that's something the new GM's going to have to work on," Wilpon said.

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Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Jacob deGrom's 2018 is the most dominant, most incredible year of pitching that I've ever witnessed by anyone playing for the Mets during my 35 years watching them play baseball.

Wednesday night at Citi Field, in what will be his final start of a magical season, he fittingly tossed eight scoreless innings, allowed just two hits, walked no one and struck out 10.

He ends his season with a major league-best 1.70 ERA, which is the sixth-lowest qualifying total since 1969. In addition, he struck out 269 batters and walked just 46 in 217 innings.

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Jacob deGrom just completed the most compelling season for a Mets pitcher since R.A. Dickey's surprise Cy Young campaign in 2012 … and we know how that one ended. The Mets proved six years ago that they are not averse to trading an award winner, if it sets them up for the future.

So where does that leave the team with deGrom, heading into a pivotal offseason for the franchise?

Remember, at the All-Star game, deGrom's agent Brodie Van Wagenen made news by nudging the Mets to either offer a contract extension or consider a trade. That statement did not provoke either outcome, at least not immediately...

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom finished his season in electric fashion on Wednesday night.

Here's where things stand with deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Aaron Nola in the race for the NL Cy Young award...

Jacob deGrom: 1.70 ERA (1.98 FIP), 0.912 WHIP, 10 HR allowed, 269 strikeouts (11.2 per 9) in 217.0 innings (32 starts) while being worth 9.1 fWAR and 10.3 bWAR 

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom finished his season in electric fashion on Wednesday night.

Here's where things stand with deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Aaron Nola in the race for the NL Cy Young award...

Jacob deGrom: 1.70 ERA (1.98 FIP), 0.912 WHIP, 10 HR allowed, 269 strikeouts (11.2 per 9) in 217.0 innings (32 starts) while being worth 9.1 fWAR and 10.3 bWAR 

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom spun eight brilliant innings on Wednesday night at Citi Field in his final start of the season, lowering his ERA to an MLB-best 1.70 as he sealed the Cy Young award. 

Click below to see how Thursday's back pages in New York reacted... 

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Jul 29, 2018; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones reacts making his acceptance speech at Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 29, 2018; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones reacts making his acceptance speech at Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Add former Mets nemesis Chipper Jones to the list of those who think Jacob deGrom deserves the NL Cy Young award.

"Jacob deGrom should be the NL Cy Young winner! He is the best pitcher in the National League this yr," Jones tweeted Wednesday night. "Scherzer and Nola have had outstanding yrs on better teams, but JDG has dominated all yr with or without run support."

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deGrom recaps great season 00:01:32
Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom talk about deGrom's historic season

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom took the mound at Citi Field for his final start of what has been a miraculous season worthy of the coveted Cy Young Award. And as he dominated per usual, he went out with the biggest bang possible. 

DeGrom was rolling through the Braves lineup, allowing only two hits as he entered the eighth inning. After getting Tyler Flowers to strike out on a 1-2 count, the righty had 999 career strikeouts under his belt with one more batter to go in Ozzie Albies.

Well, with a 3-2 count and Mets fans roaring on their feet, deGrom's last pitch of his 2018 season was a perfect slider to reach career strikeout 1,000...

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The guys talk deGrom 00:02:42
Gary, Ron and Keith try to put Jacob deGrom's historic performance this season in perspective

Jacob deGrom capped his remarkable season with eight dazzling innings as the Mets blanked the Braves, 3-0, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) DeGrom (10-9) cemented his status as the favorite for the N.L. Cy Young Award after allowing two hits while striking out 10, his 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the season. He retired the last 20 batters he faced and finished 2018 with a 1.70 ERA, the lowest by a National League hurler since Zack Greinke posted a 1.66 mark for the Dodgers in 2015 and the second-lowest figure in club history behind Dwight Gooden in 1985 (1.53). It was the 29th consecutive start which deGrom held opponents to three runs or fewer and the 18th time in 32 starts he surrendered one run or less.

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Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets send Jacob deGrom to the mound against the Braves as he looks to ice the Cy Young Award on Wednesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games. ...New York owns a 4-13 record against the Braves so far this season with three games between them remaining on the schedule. ...Michael Conforto has 16 homers and 51 RBI since the All-Star break. He is also tied for the league lead with 28 RBI in September. ...Brandon Nimmo has walked six times in the last two games. He has at least one walk in 11 of his last 12 games. ...Amed Rosario has 69 hits since the All-Star break, tied 10th-most in the NL. ...Jeff McNeil has a .337 batting average since his debut on July 24. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom waits for a signal before delivering a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom waits for a signal before delivering a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom has been the best pitcher in baseball this season, and he can almost certainly lock up the NL Cy Young award during his start Wednesday night -- barring catastrophe. 

DeGrom, whose 1.77 ERA leads the majors, will take the mound at Citi Field against the Braves at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

With Aaron Nola fading a bit down the stretch, deGrom's likely competition at this point for the award is Max Scherzer of the Nationals, who eclipsed the magical 300 strikeout mark during his start Tuesday night against the Marlins.

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The guys talk deGrom 00:01:43
Gary, Ron and Keith discuss Jacob deGrom's remarkable season as he set a new Major League record with his 23rd straight quality start

Jacob deGrom added another stellar start to his Cy Young resume, as he kept the Nats at bay in a 4-2 win down in Washington D.C. on Friday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

 

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Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (71-82) continue their series against the Nationals (77-76) in Washington D.C. on Friday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games. They improved to 8-9 in extra-inning games last night as well. ...The Mets are 12-7 in September, the eighth-best win percentage in the league. ...The Mets are ranked fourth in the MLB with a .330 road on-base percentage. ...Nine wins have came against the Nats already this season compared to six all of last season. 

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Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom faces the Nationals on Friday in Washington, D.C. at 7:05 p.m. on SNY as he looks to bolster his Cy Young case.

In advance of his start, here are 10 incredible deGrom stats...

  • Leads the majors with a 1.78 ERA and .540 opponent OPS, while his 0.45 HR/9 rate is second in the majors and leads the NL.
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Jun 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) looks on during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) looks on during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With his league-leading 1.78 ERA and in the midst of an otherworldly season, Mets ace Jacob deGrom is the favorite to win the Cy Young award.

But Nationals ace Max Scherzer is still visible in deGrom's rearview mirror, and the Mets can likely put an end to any chance Scherzer has by hitting him hard on Thursday night in Washington, D.C. While that might be easier said than done, Scherzer's recent struggles have been glaring.

Scherzer has allowed 17 runs (all earned) over his last 32 innings spanning five starts as his ERA has risen from 2.11 to 2.53.

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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Near the trade deadline, rumors of the Mets dealing away some of their top-tier starters were swirling around Flushing. And rightfully so considering the Mets weren't ticketed for the postseason. 

Initially, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were of high interest, but the Mets eventually walked that back. They didn't, however, take Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz off the table. At the end of the day, no trade was ever struck and the rotation stayed how it was. 

Pitching coach Dave Eiland was a happy camper. 

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Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

In a poll where BBWAA (Baseball Writers' Association of America) voters were asked who should win the NL Cy Young award, Mets ace Jacob deGrom was the near-unanimous choice.

DeGrom received 30 of 33 first place votes in MLB.com's poll, with Max Scherzer of the Nationals receiving the other three first place votes.

When it came to point total, deGrom received 153, Scherzer received 101, and Aaron Nola of the Phillies received 63.

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Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) walks off the field during the seventh inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) walks off the field during the seventh inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets are skipping Jason Vargas' next turn through the rotation in order to keep everyone else on track, Mickey Callaway said before Monday's game -- calling Vargas the "odd man out."

Vargas had initially been expected to pitch on Tuesday. Instead, Steven Matz will get the start, followed by Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday.

The biggest impact of skipping Vargas, though, could be down the line -- on Jacob deGrom.

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom tossed his MLB-record 27th-straight start while allowing three runs or fewer on Sunday against the Red Sox in Boston in what was his third-to-last (or was it?) start of the season.

Meanwhile, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola each had one of their worst starts of the season.

Here's where things stand with deGrom, Scherzer, and Nola in the race for the NL Cy Young award...

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Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The Mets rallied from an early deficit to help Jacob deGrom but the Red Sox scored a run in the eighth to win the rubber game, 4-3, Sunday at Fenway Park.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Seth Lugo allowed a tie-breaking sacrifice fly to Andrew Benentendi in the eighth inning. Tzu-Wei Lin led off the inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run two batters later. Lugo (3-4) surrendered a run for only the second time in his last eight appearances.

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Gary and Keith talk deGrom 00:02:13
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Jacob deGrom's Sunday outing in Boston and where he stands in the NL Cy Young race moving forward.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom faced off against the best team in the MLB, and it was another impressive outing for the Cy Young hopeful. 

DeGrom started his game red hot, collecting five strikeouts against the first six batters he faced. However, the Red Sox offense was entirely stale against the righty. 

The third inning was deGrom's only rough one as Boston's three runs came across in the frame. Mookie Betts hit a sacrifice fly to score Christian Vazquez, and Brock Holt launched a two-run homer in the next at-bat to give the Sox a 3-0 lead early on. 

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Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (69-79) and Red Sox (102-47) finish their three-game series at Fenway Park on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

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Gooden supports deGrom 00:00:38
New York Mets legend Dwight Gooden thinks the numbers say that Jacob deGrom should win the Cy Young this year, despite his lack of wins.

Mets legend Dwight Gooden thinks the numbers say that Jacob deGrom should win the Cy Young this year, despite his lack of wins.

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Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run double against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run double against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (66-78) and Marlins (57-87) play Game 1 of a doubleheader on Thursday at 3:10 p.m. on SNY. Game 2 will begin roughly 20 minutes after the completion of Game 1.  

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Aug 21, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 21, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After over five hours in a rain delay, the Mets (65-78) and Marlins (57-86) look to hopefully continue their four-game series when they play Game 1 of a doubleheader on Wednesday with first pitch expected at 9:45 p.m. on SNY. 

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom was dominant in his fourth-to-last (or was it?) start of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. 

Here's where things stand with deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Aaron Nola in the race for the NL Cy Young award...

Jacob deGrom: 1.71 ERA, 2.06 FIP, 0.954 WHIP, 9 HR allowed, 239 strikeouts (11.0 per 9) in 195.0 innings (29 starts) while amassing 8.1 fWAR and 8.7 bWAR

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Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Just hours after manager Mickey Callaway said Jacob deGrom wouldn't start on short rest unless the team was in the midst of a playoff run, the Mets' ace responded by saying he'd lobby for it.

DeGrom is in line to finish with fewer outings than anticipated after his most recent start was pushed back due to rain. He will pitch three more times this season instead of four, Callaway said just hours before deGrom went on to strike out nine batters in seven innings against the Marlins.

But deGrom seems to believe he has an opportunity to at least make his case for another start.

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Gary, Keith, and Ron on deGrom 00:02:05
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling discuss an amazing season for Jacob deGrom, as he continues to pitch well without winning.

Jacob deGrom allowed two runs in seven innings, but the Mets' offense turned in its usual subpar performance with their ace on the mound during a 5-3 loss to the Marlins Tuesday night at Citi Field.For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) DeGrom (8-9) set the Major League record by allowing three runs or less for the 26th consecutive start within the same season. The Cubs' Leslie "King" Cole held the previous mark of 25 in 1910. DeGrom surrendered two hits and two walks while strikeing out nine during his 106-pitch outing. He allowed a two-run double to Lewis Brinson in the fourth when Marlins collected all three hits against him. His Major League-best ERA inched up from 1.68 to 1.71.

 

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Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) walks off the field during the seventh inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) walks off the field during the seventh inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom continued his historic season on Tuesday night with a strong outing against the Marlins -- and he reached a new milestone in the process.

DeGrom allowed two runs in seven innings of work to become the first pitcher to allow three runs or fewer in 26 straight starts. Entering the night, the Mets' ace was tied with Leslie King of the Cubs, who completed the feat in 1910. 

DeGrom held the Marlins scoreless for the first three innings before allowing a two-run double to Lewis Brinson in the top of the fourth.

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Jeff McNeil (68) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jeff McNeil (68) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (65-77) and Marlins (56-86) kick off their four-game series on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets will wear first responder hats during batting practice and pre-game ceremonies to remember their bravery and sacrifice during the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Also, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. ...The Mets have won six of their last eight games and are 7-3 in their last 10. ...The Mets are 8-1-2 in its last 11 series. 

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Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Due to rain and decision making by the Mets, Cy Young contender Jacob deGrom will likely start only four games between now and the end of the season instead of five. 

The Mets scratched deGrom from Sunday's start against the Phillies at Citi Field due to the concern that rain would lead to his start being shortened. Because of that, they pushed his start to Monday, when the forecast was far worse.

Sunday's game started 20 minutes late, with Corey Oswalt getting the start, and was not delayed after the first pitch.

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets scratched Jacob deGrom from Sunday's scheduled start due to rain, pushing him back to Monday while Corey Oswalt started Sunday against the Phillies.

Manager Mickey Callaway said the team didn't want deGrom to have a rain-shortened outing due to the forecast. Though the game was not delayed -- the Mets beat the Phillies 6-4 -- deGrom will instead start Monday against the Marlins at 7:10 p.m.

DeGrom hasn't had a start of fewer than six innings since May 13, when he threw a 45-pitch first inning in his first start back from the disabled list. Since, he has thrown at least seven innings in 14 of his last 20 outings.

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Sep 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Teammates congratulate New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) in the dugout after he hit a home run during the second inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Teammates congratulate New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) in the dugout after he hit a home run during the second inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (63-76) and Phillies (73-66) will play the rubber game of their three-game series at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets have won four of their last six games and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. ... Since the All-Star break, the Mets have scored 217 runs since the All-Star break, tied for the third-most in the NL and tied for the eighth-most in the majors. ... Jeff McNeil has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 starts and has reached base safely in each of those 20 starts.

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Jacob deGrom (48) Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Jacob deGrom (48) Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

In his latest start against the Dodgers on Sunday night, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom had another dominant outing. And in doing so, it was another example as to why he is a leading candidate for the Cy Young Award this season. 

Here's how deGrom's outing stacked up against his competition for the award in Nationals RHP Max Scherzer and Phillies RHP Aaron Nola...

RHP Jacob deGrom (8-8, 1.68 ERA/2.07 FIP, 0.96 WHIP over 188 innings in 28 starts)

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The guys talk deGrom 00:02:02
Gary and Ron discuss Jacob deGrom's magical season and his ultra-competitiveness on the mound and in the batter's box.

Brandon Nimmo's pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Mets to their first win over the Dodgers in 13 games, 4-2, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Jay Bruce led off the ninth with a double and took third on a sacrifice by Kevin PlaweckiJeff McNeil was hit by a pitch and Nimmo followed with his 16th home run of the season off Kenta Maeda for the Mets' sixth pinch-hit homer and first since Nimmo on July 11 against the Phillies.

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Even when Mets RHP Jacob deGrom doesn't earn a win, he still proves he's a Cy Young contender. And sometimes, even a Silver Slugger contender.

DeGrom struck out six batters and allowed one run and two hits in six innings in a no-decision Monday against the Dodgers, driving in the only Mets run before he was taken out of the game at 109 pitches.

It's been well documented at how well deGrom has pitched, evidenced by his league-leading 1.68 ERA, despite the fact he only has eight wins this season. (And many have made the case at how overrated a statistic the win is.)

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Jeff McNeil (68) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jeff McNeil (68) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets will look to avoid a three-game sweep when they face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. on SNY.

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Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) celebrates his RBI single during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) celebrates his RBI single during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Paul Sewald's walk and error help set up the Cubs for a walk-off 2-1 win in the 11th inning of Tuesday night's suspended game at Wrigley Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about the game...

1) Following a clean 10th inning by Jerry Blevins, Sewald (0-5) walked Javier Baez, who had been issued 13 unintentional free passes all season, and threw away Victor Caratini's sacrifice attempt. Kyle Schwarber was intentionally walked to load the bases and Ben Zobrist came through with the game-winning single off Daniel Zamora.

 

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deGrom brilliant again 00:00:59
Jacob deGrom continued his remarkable season, allowing one run over eight innings and striking out ten in a suspended game vs. the Cubs.

On a night when he reached 100 MPH -- the fastest pitch of his career -- Jacob deGrom finished with a flourish against the Cubs at Wrigley Field as he escaped a two-on, none-out jam in the eighth inning by getting a strikeout and 1-6-3 double play.

Overall, deGrom allowed one run on eight hits while walking one and striking out 10, as he lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.68.

It was deGrom's 24th-straight game allowing three runs or fewer, which tied Dwight Gooden for the most in Mets history...

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Aug 27, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) slides into home plate to score against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 27, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) slides into home plate to score against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets and Cubs will continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at 8:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are searching for their first win against the Cubs since Sept. 12, 2017 ... The Cubs have won eight straight games between the two teams ... The Mets have a .335 on-base percentage on the road, which is second in the majors ... Todd Frazier has three homers in his last six games ... Michael Conforto has five hoers in his last 17 games, including a 472-foot home run on Monday.

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It was back in July when Mets ace Jacob deGrom saw a slew of trade rumors swirling around him, which prompted him to say he wanted the Mets to either trade him or sign him to a long-term deal during an All-Star Game media event. 

DeGrom is signed through 2020, after which he becomes an unrestricted free agent. And though he may have expressed his interest for the Mets to make a move now, he told The Post's Joel Sherman that New York "have every right to ride me for the next two years and say, 'See you later.'"

Being a Met at the end of the day is what deGrom wants to see happen, but for now, his focus continues to be on pitching to the best of his abilities. And those abilities has produced an MLB-best 1.71 ERA with career highs in strikeout rate (11.07 K/9) and home run rate (0.41 HR/9). 

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New York Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
New York Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

Jacob deGrom has been the subject of Cy Young talk as he continues to dominate opposing hitters, but he is not focusing on that -- at least not while he's pitching.

"I am not thinking about it when I am out there," deGrom said in an interview with Joel Sherman of the New York Post. "That is just how I take the mound. The goal is not to give up any runs, so it is me against you. This is what I have, let me see if you can hit it. Here we go. That's how I take the mound. Honestly, it has not changed, even with the increased talk of Cy Young."

DeGrom has a 1.71 ERA/2.07 FIP and 0.971 WHIP in 174 innings this season, but is just 8-8 as he has not earned the run support he has needed to earn victories on a regular basis. He's no stranger to winless stretches, however. He noted that in 2014 he was unable to get a win in his first seven starts, but did not lose focus when he went on to struggle at times.

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The guys talk youth and Wheeler 00:02:08
Gary and Keith discuss the Mets' emerging youth movement and Zack Wheeler's incredible turnaround.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler pitched seven shutout innings and Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier each hit solo home runs as the Mets blanked the Nationals on Saturday, 3-0.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Zack Wheeler kept the Nationals off the board for seven innings as he lowered his ERA to 3.46. He was able to work around six hits and three walks while striking out four batters. He threw 109 pitches on the day. 

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