Mets’ Jacob deGrom dazzles in first MLB start in over a year

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New York Mets ace Jacob of Grom Obviously you didn’t miss a step.

In his first start since July 7 last year, deGrom was dominant against the Washington nationals. DeGrom allowed one run on three hits while striking out six and walking none in his five innings on the job.

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New York Mets' Jacob deGrom throws in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 28.  2, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom throws in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 28. 2, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
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However, in vintage Grom fashion, the Mets didn’t support him much. He left the game with the game tied at one thanks to a home run by Francisco Lindor in the fifth, and could not recall a call.

Even more bluntly, the Mets bullpen allowed four runs after starting in the 5-1 loss, just hours after the The Nats traded Juan Soto at the San Diego Padres.

DeGrom was perhaps on course for the best pitching performance in game history last year. He had a 1.08 ERA and struck out 14.3 batters in nine innings, but suffered from forearm stiffness and elbow inflammation last year that ended his season. Just before the start of the 2022 season, he was placed on injured reserve with a right shoulder injury.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom watches a pitch to Colorado Rockies CJ Cron in the fourth inning of a doubleheader, April 17, 2021, in Denver.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom watches a pitch to Colorado Rockies CJ Cron in the fourth inning of a doubleheader, April 17, 2021, in Denver.
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Mets fans finally saw the Max Scherzer-Jacob deGrom tandem for the first time, as Scherzer started Monday’s game ahead of deGrom’s return. The two have combined five Cy Young Awards (Scherzer with three, deGrom with two).

Entering Tuesday, since the start of the 2018 season, which was his first Cy Young Award campaign, deGrom boasts a 1.94 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 12.0 K/9. Among pitchers with at least 550 innings pitched during that span, his ERA is the best in baseball, his WHIP is second-best, and his K/9 is third-best.

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on June 14, 2022, in New York City.

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on June 14, 2022, in New York City.
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The Mets were calm during trade deadlinebut deGrom’s return is quite an addition.