What was expected for the last few weeks became official on Monday: Mets ace Jacob deGrom will not be starting the All-Star Game for the National League, with the nod going to Nationals ace Max Scherzer instead.
DeGrom, whose 1.68 ERA is the best in baseball and dwarfs Scherzer's 2.41 ERA, wanted the start. But with the game being at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., it went to Scherzer -- much like the start at Citi Field in 2013 went to Matt Harvey over Clayton Kershaw.
"Jacob deGrom has had a great first half, but for me I always try to make things bigger than me," NL manager Dave Roberts said, later adding that "for me, the tiebreaker was the ballpark."
The 30-year-old deGrom, who will enter the All-Star Game right after Scherzer, is on pace to be just the third starting pitcher in the last 24 years to finish the season with an ERA lower than 1.70. Zack Greinke had a 1.66 ERA for the Dodgers in 2015, and Greg Maddux had a 1.63 ERA for the Braves in 1995.
Aside from ERA, here's how deGrom stacks up with Scherzer this season:
- Leads the NL with 6.0 WAR, while Scherzer is at 4.8
- Second-best WHIP (0.97) in the NL, trailing Scherzer (0.90)
- Second in the NL with 149 strikeouts, trailing Scherzer (182)
- Has allowed just seven home runs, while Scherzer has allowed 15
- deGrom has five wins, while Scherzer has 12. But the won/loss stat for pitchers is team-depdendent, basically useless, and should be shot in to the sun