After winning the Cy Young while posting a 1.70 ERA in 2018, the prevailing thought was that there was no way Jacob deGrom could top that in 2019. That was before deGrom started unleashing a slider that ranges between 92 and 95 MPH.
With the above slider -- and his filthy fastball and changeup and curve -- deGrom turned in arguably the best start of his career on Wednesday night against the Marlins, firing 7.0 shutout innings while allowing three hits, walking one, and striking out a career-high 14.
Here's how the back pages in New York reacted...
Thursday's @NewsdaySports cover:- Gregg Henglein (@GreggHenglein) April 4, 2019
JAKE OF ALL TRADES
deGrom K's career-high 14 - and homers - in win over Marlins@timbhealey #mets #metstwitter
Tulowitzski hurt, Yanks fan 18 times in loss to Tigers @therealarieber @DPLennon @bheyman99 #yankees #yankeestwitter pic.twitter.com/sF8CxDLwvL
The Yankees were so abysmal on Wednesday that deGrom only got a slice of the Daily News back page:
The Post went with some comparing and contrasting: