Mets ace Jacob deGrom hasn't simply picked up where he left off in 2018, when he won the Cy Young award while posting a 1.70 ERA as he turned in one of the most dominant seasons a pitcher has ever had. He has somehow gotten better.
DeGrom fired 6.0 shutout innings on Opening Day before tossing 7.0 shutout innings while striking out a career-high 14 on Wednesday night against the Marlins.
Here are 8 eye-popping stats from deGrom's early-season dominance, with some an extension of what he began in 2018:
- DeGrom is the third pitcher in MLB history to begin his season with two scoreless starts and double-digit strikeouts in both games, with the others being Nolan Ryan (1978) and Karl Spooner (1954).
- With his start on Wednesday night, deGrom tied Bob Gibson's major league record of 26-straight quality starts, while extending his streak of allowing three runs or fewer to 31 starts.
- DeGrom is the fifth pitcher since 1969 to strike out at least 14 batters and hit a home run in the same game. The others: Madison Bumgarner, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, and Bob Gibson.
- Dating back to Sept. 21, 2018, deGrom has now thrown 26-straight scoreless innings.
- With 24 strikeouts in 13 innings over his first two starts, deGrom's K/9 rate is 16.6.
- DeGrom's FIP (fielding independent pitching), which measure a pitcher's effectiveness at preventing home runs, walks, HBPs, and causing strikeouts, is a negative number (0.30). It was a league-leading 1.99 in 2018.
- The average velocity of deGrom's slider, which reached close to 95 MPH on Wednesday night, is up nearly 1.5 MPH from 2018 (91.1 to 92.5).
- In his last 42 innings, deGrom has hit as many home runs (one) as he has allowed.