New York Mets: Two Cy Young Contenders Square Off

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

On Friday night, Clayton Kershaw outpitched Noah Syndergaard in the Dodgers 9-2 victory. Jacob deGrom and the Mets have the opportunity to knot up the series against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who looked to be running away with the Cy Young award just a month ago. Due to a few bad starts, he is no longer the front runner.

deGrom and Ryu seem to be trending in opposite directions. Over his last four starts, he has an ERA just under 10 and has walked 7 batters. This has caused his ERA to jump a full run from 1.45 to 2.45. Rye’s recent struggles has also allowed deGrom and a few others to reenter the Cy Young picture.

Since the trade deadline, deGrom has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and has kept himself in the front of the pack. No Met has ever won back to back Cy Young awards and if he wins another, he will join Tom Seaver as the only other Met to win multiple Cy Young awards.

deGrom Has to Lead the Charge

After their loss in the first game of the series, game two becomes a must win game. The Cubs are going to defeat the Pirates and a four game deficit seems insurmountable at this point in the season. The Mets have been full of fight all season, but it will take a major miracle to comeback from that.

deGrom will see a lineup with only three right handed hitters, much like Syndergaard the previous night. A win for him would equal the same amount of wins he put together last season and the Mets need him to carry them to a victory.

New York Mets: Mets Swept by the Cubs

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

A series which started with so much hope slowly became a series full of misery as the Cubs squashed any hope the Mets had of a postseason birth. The Cubs came into Citi Field and swept all three games of the series with all three of the Mets aces pitching in each game.

The Bats Disappoint

The Mets could never get anything going against Yu Darvish and Jon Lester who both held the Mets to one run in their starts. When the Mets bats actually decided to hit, it came trying to close a 10-1 deficit when there was too much ground to make up. As usual when Jacob deGrom pitched Thursday night in a must win game, the Mets did not score enough for him.

deGrom looked like he was going to provide the Mets with the key start he needed to keep the Mets in the race, but a key three-run home run from Victor Carotin spoiled all hopes. Two bad pitches from deGrom ruined what was otherwise a typical deGrom start.

Can They Rebound?

Losing the final game with their ace on the mound was the final knockout punch on the Mets season. The Mets are five games out with 29 to play and it is hard to think there is any reason for the Mets to make the postseason. The only chance the Mets have is to play flawless baseball and they have not done anything close to that during their six game losing streak. Think we can effectively put the nail in the 2019 Mets coffin.

New York Mets: Jacob deGrom’s Chase for a Back to Back Cy Young

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom has quietly walked his way back into the Cy Young conversation. After the Yankees hit around Hyun-Jin Ryu over the weekend, the Mets ace has a good chance to take home the award over the final month of the season.

Since May started, deGrom has thrown 136 innings with a 2.12 ERA and 162 strikeouts and only allowed 10 home runs. deGrom has turned it on when the Mets really needed it during the second half of the season. He has a 1.04 ERA, only allowed one home run and opposing hitters are slugging .228 against him.

How Can He Win the Cy Young?

deGrom is currently pitching better than the 2018 deGrom who won the award. He has been doing it against good competition too. If he can lead the Mets into the postseason and continue to pitch at his current rate, deGrom will put himself in a good spot to win a Cy Young award for the second straight season.

deGrom had gained ground in the race thanks to back to back rough starts from Ryu. Ryu is still the front runner for the award, but September will ultimately decide who the winner is. Max Scherzer’s stints on the IL takes him away from the front of the race. Mike Soroka is more of a dark horse, the same way Aaron Nola was last season. Soroka will likely finish in the top three but will not win the award.

Clayton Kershaw has also brought himself back into the race, but Ryu’s consistency outshines Kershaw’s resurgence. The Cy Young race will seem to be a two man race between Ryu and deGrom through the season’s end and both are trending in opposite directions heading towards September.

New York Mets: Can they Get Over .500?

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets welcome in the Miami Marlins for a four game series, which kicks off with a twi-night doubleheader. The Mets just took game one behind the right arm of Jacob deGrom. If the Mets can pull of a sweep of the doubleheader, they will be over .500 for the first time since May 2nd.

On to Game Two

Jacob deGrom was dominant today. He struggled over the first couple of innings but threw seven innings and only allowed two runs He has been dominant during day games throughout his career. His ERA was 1.86 during day games before today.

deGrom is certainly the guy you want on the mound to get your team back to .500. Walker Lockett is the game two starter and gave the Mets his best start back on July 20. He only allowed one run in five innings and will look to do the same in his spot start tonight.

Robinson Cano to the Injured List

Cano just has not been able to catch a break during his first season as a Met. Just as he was swinging the bat well, he strains his hamstring trying to leg out a double during Sunday’s 13-2 win in Pittsburgh. He was placed on the 10-day IL and Luis Guillorme was called up to replace his spot on the roster.

The Mets are now 2.5 games out of the second wild card spot and another win will put only the Milwaukee Brewers in front of them, before they catch up to the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.

New York Mets: Jacob deGrom is Back in the Cy Young Race

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets have to be pleased with the groove Jacob deGrom is in right now. The Mets ace hurled seven shutout innings in their 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. deGrom currently holds a streak of 17 consecutive innings without allowing a run. If the Mets want any chance to make a run at the Wild Card, they will need him to carry them through the next two months.

Can deGrom Repeat?

deGrom is battling a lot of the same factors he had to deal with in 2018.  He takes the mound with an offense that does not score for him and a below average defense. They only major difference between the two seasons are his slow start and the larger amount of Cy Young contenders.

His ERA in each month has decreased and he put together one of his best starts of the season on Thursday. deGrom had a career ERA under two during day games and the number decreased even more today. In his four daytime starts in 2019, deGrom has only allowed three runs and has struck out 34 batters.

Who is deGrom Battling For the Cy Young Award?

The usual candidates, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer are in the mix. Kershaw has not skipped a beat after losing velocity on his fastball and has been a strong as ever. Scherzer has pitched the Washington Nationals back in the race for the NL East and leads the league in strikeouts.

The new comers to the conversation are youngsters Mike Soroka and Luis Castillo. Soroka’s biggest weapon is his hard sinker and his ability to limit the home run. He has only allowed five in 102.1 innings and to the old writers his 10-2 record also looks good as well.

The Man to Beat

Hyun-Jin Ryu has actually pitched as well as deGrom over the last two seasons, just with a smaller sample size. His 1.76 ERA leads baseball and has only walked 14 batters in 123 innings. He is currently the front runner for the Cy Young and as long as his ERA stays in “deGrom” territory, he will be the winner.

deGrom’s second half will have to top last year’s to put himself in the top three. Ryu will also have to regress at some point as well. deGrom’s first month of 2019 was proof of how hard it is to sustain that level of success. If the Mets are out of the race in September, at least we will have the Cy Young and batting title race.

New York Mets: The Loss From Thursday Night

The 16-inning thriller between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants ended up in bitter disappointment for the Mets. After Pete Alonso drilled a solo home run in the top of the 16th, the Giants responded with two runs in the bottom half to steal the victory.

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This certainly was the most heartbreaking loss of the season. The game did not finish until 2:32 in the morning on the East Coast. Much like their 18 inning loss in Milwaukee earlier this season, they had to trust an unproven pitcher to close the game out.

Last Man Standing

Chris Mazza was the last man left in the Mets bullpen and had the job of closing out the Giants. He threw two innings the previous day and already pitched a scoreless 15th inning. Mazza looked gassed in the 16th, in which he failed to record a single out. The Mets were also short a reliever because Jacob Rhame was serving his one game suspension for throwing at Rhys Hoskins earlier in the year.

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The Mets bullpen was great Thursday night, regardless of Mazza’s performance. They held the Giants scoreless for 8 straight innings before they broke through to win. The bullpen Mets rose the challenge ahead of them all night, but unfortunately Mazza did not have enough gas to finish it out.

There is Still Hope

A lot of the criticism says Jacob deGrom could have pitched out of the bullpen, but I do not think there was any reason for him to come in. Possibly for the 17th, if it went that far, but the right choice was to give Mazza the opportunity to finish the game out. The Mets are better off trying to rebound and win today with deGrom on the mound and fully rested.

The result yesterday sucks, but they have a great opportunity to rebound tonight. deGrom is facing a pitcher with an ERA over five and deGrom has pitched great over his last few starts. Tonight is a 100 percent a must win for the Mets. They will not be dead in the water if they lose, but the road back to get a split in the series will be a long windy road.

Why The Mets Should Keep Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom has been the only reason for the average fan to continue watching the New York Mets this season. Ever since the Mets started falling in the division, trade talks have surrounded the Mets ace. Fans are split on whether they should deal deGrom to build for their future, but the best thing the Mets can do is keep him.

How Can They Keep Him?

deGrom still has two and a half more years until he hits free agency at age 33. He has stated during the All-Star break that he wishes to play the rest of his career as a Met and those are wishes that need to come true. The Mets should look to sign him through his age 34 or 35 season so they get all of his best years and do not risk losing a key member to their rotation for nothing.

The Mets are battling the Marlins for last place in the NL East, but these teams are in two totally different places. They are a piece or two away from being a World Series contender. The top four of deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler along with a decent fifth starter is a rotation to build upon. The best part about the top four is the earliest one hits free agency in 2020. They have plenty of years of team control/arbitration years and the Mets need to take advantage of it before they hit free agency and make more than the Mets can pay.

Make Smarter Free Agent Signings

Trading deGrom says the organization has no faith in winning next season and maybe the season after. Instead of going after B and C-level free agents like they did last offseason, they need to go after the top guys on the market. Injuries aside, a healthy Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes to go along with Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo is nice, but the team needs more to be a contender. A big bat the likes of Manny Machado or Bryce Harper make this a very dangerous lineup the Mets can build on. Throw in the wild cards of a potential Asdrubal Cabrera return and Amed Rosario growth can give the Mets a solid lineup.

Most importantly if the Mets want to win, they must improve the bullpen before anything else. Whether or not Jeurys Familia re-signs, the Mets bullpen needs a total revamp. The remaining pieces of Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and hopefully a better Anthony Swarzak are a good start but they need more in today’s version of baseball. Just like with their offense, the Mets need to attempt to sign people the likes of Craig Kimbrel or Andrew Miller. They can not over pay mid-level free agents and hope they play to the level of their contract.

Jacob deGrom is elite and even though he may not be this dominant again he will keep himself in the Cy Young conversation for the next couple of years. If the Mets can take advantage of the good starting pitching they have, the potential for the New York Mets to win a World Series is extremely high.

New York Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: Jacob deGrom

Since his New York Mets debut, Jacob deGrom has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. He has come into 2018 with a brand new look but his stuff is still Cy Young caliber.

The Mets drafted deGrom in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft from Stetson University. Unfortunately, like many of the Mets starters he underwent Tommy John Surgery and missed the entire 2011 season. After a few seasons in the minors following the surgery he earned the call-up to the big leagues.

deGrom and Rafael Montero were called up in 2014 to debut in consecutive games. deGrom stole the spotlight from Montero putting up a 9-6 record with a 2.69 ERA, which earned him Rookie of the Year honors.

deGrom’s First All-Star Game

He lived up to his high expectations in 2015, which was his first full season in the big leagues. deGrom earned his first All-Star selection, finished fourth in ERA (2.54) and finished seventh in Cy Young Voting. deGrom also picked up three wins in the postseason, including two in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His 2016 ended abruptly after 24 starts and a 3.04 ERA. He missed all of September due to injury. He underwent surgery on an ulnar nerve in his elbow to fix numbness in his fingers .

2017 was deGrom’s worst year, but statistically it is a terrific year for most pitchers. He went 15-10, pitched 200 innings for the first time in his career and had a 3.53 ERA. deGrom finished tied for eighth in Cy Young voting.

The expectations have been set high for deGrom again and he has been one of the key reasons why the Mets have started the season hot. He has four different pitches that he can strikeout anyone with and one of the best fastballs in baseball. If he has a typical Jacob deGrom year he will be in the running for a Cy Young award.

He has a 3.06 ERA with two wins in the small sample size of 17.2 innings. It will be an exciting 2018 season if deGrom remains healthy and dominates the NL.