Mets ace RHP Jacob deGrom has officially been named the 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner. And though the many saw it as a lock for deGrom after his dominate season, he had to admit the nerves waiting to hear his name called.
"I was nervous," he told SNY's Steve Gelbs after being named the fourth Met in team history to win the award. "I don't know why -- sitting here I've been really nervous about it. But I'm really excited and very thankful to everybody involved who helped me along the way. Family, friends, everybody involved in this. It really is an honor."
When did those nerves set in?
"I think the drive over," he said. "We have a lot of stuff going on at home, doing some remodeling stuff and the drive over it really started to set in."
DeGrom told Gelbs after his finally start back on Sept. 26 that he needed a few days to sit down and reflect on what he had accomplished in a career year. Now that he's had more than enough time to do so, deGrom said those one or two bad starts that he wanted to eliminate in the past simply weren't there this season.
"Looking back, I've always said there were a couple starts in previous years that I could look back, and if I could find a way to eliminate those, that I feel like it would kinda take me to the next level," he said. "I was able to do that this year. I didn't have those starts that I let get out of hand."
It was not only a Cy Young-worthy season, but a season that many in the baseball world looked at as one of the best ever from a pitcher. And to come to think that deGrom initially entered Stetson Univerisity's baseball team as a shortstop.
He has certainly come a long way since giving into the switch to the mound.
"I'm glad I started pitching, to say the least," he said. "I didn't really want to, I enjoyed playing the infield. But everything kinda happens for a reason."
DeGrom had a league-leading 1.70 ERA on the season, and set an MLB record of 29 consecutive starts allowing three runs or fewer. He also was tied with a league-best 0.91 WHIP, finished with a career-high 269 strikeouts, and led the NL with a 1.99 FIP to mention just a few stats where deGrom was at the top of the heap.