Jacob deGrom's dominance continued in Miami on Wednesday night, and it ended with another record smashed.
This time is was a personal feat for deGrom, who collected a career-high 14 strikeouts in his seven-inning masterpiece against the Marlins. It was a two-hitter for the reigning Cy Young Award winner, and he tossed a total 114 pitches.
After the game, deGrom knew that sending Chad Wallach back to the bench set his new career-high.
"Yeah, I did," deGrom admitted laughing. "I'm not gonna lie. I looked whenever I was going out there and I knew if I struck out the side, it was be a career-high."
Everyone watching may have been in awe of what deGrom was doing on the bump, but for manager Mickey Callaway, this is becoming a regular occurrence when No. 48 gets the ball.
"There have been so many in a row. I didn't even realize that it was 14 Ks," Callaway said. "He just does the same thing every time. You look up at the end and it's something really impressive."
Oh, and if that wasn't enough, deGrom even helped himself at the plate. In the top of the third, he turned on a Trevor Richards fastball that went over the right field fence to make it 2-0 Mets.
It's not everyday we see pitchers go up to the plate thinking they are going to park one, but deGrom admitted that was the only thing on his mind in his first at-bat.
"I did," he said when asked if he wanted to hit a homer. "I told [Brandon] Nimmo I said, 'I'm not taking the first pitch.' I was fortunate enough to be on time."
DeGrom not only notched his career-high in strikeouts, but he also moved his MLB-record consecutive start streak with three runs or fewer allowed to 31 games.
The Mets granted deGrom's wish with a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension before the start of the season. And after his first two starts, he is certainly reminding them why it was a smart decision to do just that.
DeGrom was the MLB's best pitcher in the 2018 season, and it doesn't like he's ready to pass the torch to anyone else after this start tonight.