Should deGrom keep his ERA under 2.00 for the rest of the season, he would establish himself as just the second pitcher since 1915 to do it in his first or second year. The other? Gooden, who, like deGrom, won the NL Rookie of the Year award one season before his overpowering sub-2 campaign. (DeGrom, a 27-year-old right-hander, went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA in 2014 and has a 12-6 record this year.) “He’s one of the best in the game right now,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. ”There’s no question. I’ve talked to too many other managers. He’s one of the first guys they ask about.”
Talk about impressive. I think as fans of a team, we take for granted how great individual seasons may be throughout the long haul of a season. I feel this is true for the entire career of Carlos Beltran as a Met. Many still refer to him as the bum who looked at strike 3 in 2006, but he had some of the best individual seasons in orange and blue this side of Darryl Strawberry and Mike Piazza.
While deGrom certainly is having a career year, in just his 2nd season and coming off of winning the NL Rookie of the Year award last season, I am enjoying what he is doing but more excited to see how he can carry this into a potential playoff berth for the first time in 9 years and into the rest of his career with the Mets. This season is fun and exciting, and he is a part of it in every way, but is he the next Zach Greinke or the next R.A. Dickey? Maybe he can just be the next Jacob deGrom and have people idolizing him for years to come!