The New York Mets’ National League Cy Young Award candidate, Jacob deGrom, recorded yet another no-decision on Monday afternoon, despite another magnificent outing. It seems almost inevitable that every time deGrom is on the mound, the Mets’ offense will be virtually absent, and deGrom will need to do everything himself.
deGrom (8-8) went out against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday and threw six innings of excellent baseball. After giving up a one out solo home run to ex-Met Justin Turner in the first inning, deGrom allowed just one more hit, with two of the other three baserunners for the Dodgers reaching on errors. deGrom finished the night with one earned run, one walk, and six strikeouts, and lowered his ERA by five one-thousandths of a run, keeping his ERA at 1.68.
deGrom is one of only two pitchers in the league with an ERA below 2.00 for the season.
History was made for deGrom on Monday when he delivered his 25th consecutive start of three or fewer runs, which broke Dwight Gooden’s single-season record that was set in 1985. deGrom also broke Tom Seaver’s franchise record (1973), recording his 20th consecutive quality start.
“He’s been the best pitcher in all of baseball,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “It’s grit and determination. He just won’t be beaten.”
deGrom also set another single-season record Monday, this one not as glorious as the aforementioned. The game marked deGrom’s ninth start of at least six innings and one run or fewer without getting a win.
Offensively, deGrom has been proving himself as a stud, recording two hits and a game-tying RBI single in the fifth inning. It was the second outing in a row that deGrom recorded an RBI, and his fourth RBI in his last six starts.
“Just trying to put the barrel to the ball and hope it finds a hole,” deGrom said of his at-bats. “[Pitchers] are not great at [hitting]. I’m just trying to do my part anytime I can.”
Outfielder Brandon Nimmo broke the tie for the Mets in the ninth inning, hitting a three-run home run off Kenta Maeda to right-center-field.
"He went out there and pitched another gem," said Nimmo of deGrom. "It is what we come to expect from Jake every time. It is almost not fair. We expect him to go out there and pitch seven innings and give up zero or one run every time. For him to keep doing that and then not get these W's is unfortunate."
As far as the National League Cy Young race, deGrom’s competition is Max Scherzer, who gave up three runs in seven innings on Monday, and Aaron Nola, whose ERA is more than half a run worse than deGrom’s at 2.23.
deGrom's next start is set to be against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday Sept. 9.