Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said before the season that he wanted his guys to pitch inside more, and Jacob deGrom is one pitcher who has taken pitching inside to a whole new level.
From 2017 to 2018, deGrom's fastball usage against left-handed batters has changed dramatically, as the graphic below shows:
Mets P Jacob deGrom entered the day with the lowest hard-hit rate among MLB starting pitchers.- Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) May 23, 2018
Check out how he's elevated the height of his fastball vs LHB with @fangraphs heat maps pic.twitter.com/pHABjMUFP4
Left-handers are hitting just .209/.273/.319 against deGrom this season after hitting .247/.308/.385 against him in 2017.
Overall this season, deGrom has the best strikeout rate (12.10), HR/9 rate (0.35), swinging strike percentage (15.4) and hard hit percentage (23.9) of his career.