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Jacob deGrom struck out the first four batters he faced Monday. In the end, he went eight innings, allowed no runs, struck out eight batters, tossed 105 pitches and retired 22 of the first 23 batters he faced.

"This is probably one of the best games I've seen him pitch, and I've seen him pitch some really, really good ones," manager Terry Collins said after the game.

This season, he is 6-4 with a 2.41 ERA, while striking out 71 batters in 71 inning pitched. In his last four starts, he has surrendered just three runs in 29 innings, while striking out 34 and walking just one batter.

According to deGrom, the secret to his recent success can be attributed to a consistent delivery, according to (June 1, 2015).

"This is the best I've been at repeating it, staying on top of the ball and getting good downward movement like I did last year," deGrom said. "I think I'm just in a better rhythm now."

He took a no-hitter in to the fifth, but said he was not aware of it until a fan yelled to him from the stands.

“I heard somebody yell it out to me when I was walking off the field, but I was trying not to think about that," deGrom said, according to the NY Times (June 1, 2015). “You just try to go out there and continue to execute pitches."

Matthew Cerrone: I love how free and easy and happy he is on the mound when he's going well. It's the opposite visual of Matt Harvey, who I enjoy watching for different reasons. Harvey operates with an all-business, serious, focused anger, as if he wants to demoralize the opposition, in addition to winning. Harvey is Cobra Kai, so to speak. On the other hand, in his best start of the season, deGrom is all smiles, laughing and clearly having fun. He's dominant and casual, which is a unique and enjoyable combination.

To read more about Monday's win and deGrom's performance, check out reports at,, the New York Times, ESPN, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News.

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