Jacob deGrom had another Cy Young caliber start on Saturday in a 4-1 win against the Kansas City Royals, but that's not the hardware he's thinking about.
Following the game, deGrom said despite his continuing run of excellent play, he's not worried much about winning his second-straight individual award. But the World Series? That's certainly on his mind.
"Honestly I haven't thought about [the Cy Young] too much," deGrom said. "I'd like to be in the talks for it, but the main goal is to put this team in a position to win. We've been playing good baseball since the All-Star break. Individual things are great, but goal is for the team to make it to the World Series and win that."
The Mets' ace is now above .500 on the season, bringing his record to 8-7 overall following his weekend efforts. It's the first time he's above .500 since his third start of the year on April 9 when he was 2-1.
DeGrom certainly had reason to be frustrated while his win-loss record was not there. Coming into Saturday, he posted a 1.97 ERA since May 22. The Mets were only 6-9 and he was only 4-2 in that stretch. Also prior to the game, deGrom had a 0.95 ERA since the All-Star break and he only had one Royal cross home on Saturday. Instead of letting the lack of support get him down, deGrom continued his grind and now he's back at a Cy Young pace.
Not bad numbers there, Jake.
While deGrom pushed aside early Cy Young talks on Saturday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway did as well, saying he "doubts" deGrom thinks about it much as of now, but the skipper did admit that the righty deserves that chatter.
"He's getting up there," Callaway said.