Mets RHP Jacob deGrom says his main personal goal for 2018 is to win the Cy Young award.
"That's the main goal," deGrom told John Harper of the NY Daily News. "You set the bar high and go after it. That's what I'm striving for."
DeGrom had a 3.53 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a career-high 239 strikeouts in a career-high 201.1 innings in 2017.
The 29-year-old deGrom will anchor the starting rotation with Noah Syndergaard this coming season, with Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler rounding out the rotation if they're healthy.
Syndergaard was limited to just 30.1 innings last season due to a torn lat, and Harvey, Matz, and Wheeler dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness. But deGrom has faith in the rotation getting back to where they used to be, and is excited for the fresh start new manager Mickey Callaway represents.
"I think we all feel good about getting a fresh start," deGrom said. "I enjoyed my time playing for Terry, but I'm excited to see what somebody else brings to the table.
"I've talked to Mickey a few times. From talking to him, I think it's going to be a popular change."