Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom said that potentially winning a second-straight Cy Young Award was on the back of his mind on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.
But he also admitted it was a weird night, too.
That's because deGrom and the Mets knew early that the Brewers put up five runs in the first inning against the Reds in their game thanks to Citi Field's out of town scoreboard. Even though his team went on to win 10-3 against Miami, their postseason chances were done with the Brewers' win.
"(The Cy Young) was kind of in the back of my mind tonight, but the most important thing was trying to go out there and win. I think everybody kind of was seeing what was going on in that Milwaukee game," deGrom said. "Tonight I felt better than the last couple of starts."
"You kind of set personal goals but tonight we fell short of a team goal," added deGrom, who tossed seven scoreless innings, only allowing two hits and one walk while striking out seven.
After the outing, deGrom finished the year with 255 strikeouts. With that, he became the third Mets pitcher ever to post consecutive 250-strikeout seasons, joining Tom Seaver (1970-1971) and Dwight Gooden (1984-1985).
While deGrom said he wouldn't vote for himself for the Cy Young because he doesn't feel comfortable doing such a thing, he did say it would be a "huge honor" to win it and to be mentioned with such Mets company.
Since the Mets were eliminated from the postseason, deGrom's year is done. Prior to the game, if the Mets had survived until Sunday, skipper Mickey Callaway said he would have pitched deGrom on short rest.
Even though deGrom is finished, Callaway said it doesn't matter. He's convinced the right-hander should take home the hardware.
"I've looked at the numbers and it shouldn't go any other way," Callaway said.