Poor Jacob deGrom. Many, including myself, thought that he was going to be dealt at the trade deadline, but it seems the New York Mets want to continue and diminish all of deGrom’s will to play the game. The Mets probably wanted too much for deGrom, who is having a Cy Young-like year despite only having five wins.
The 30-year old Florida native is having a stellar year on what can be only described as a crappy team. Somehow, still, the Mets only have the seventh worst winning percentage in MLB. deGrom on the other hand is 6-7 with a 1.77 ERA, best in MLB, with 173 strikeouts, a WHIP of .97, and zero murdered teammates.
This got me wondering what other bad teams in history had great pitchers. Line Up Forms had an article in 2014 (prematurely since Jeff Samardzjia was discussed) and had some great insight. Two of the pitchers they named were Tim Lincecum in 2008 when the San Francisco Giants finished the year 72-90. Lincecum was 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA along with 265 strikeouts (good enough for NL best).
R.A. Dickey was 20-6 in 2012 with (surprise surprise) the Mets’ 2012 campaign where they finished 74-88. Dickey had a 2.73 ERA and led the league with 230 strikeouts – he won the Cy Young.
With the Mets 17 games out of first place, I must wonder why on Earth they kept deGrom when he obviously has such great trade value. deGrom has made it clear that if the Mets had no intention of inking him to a long-term contract that he wanted to be traded. Since he is still there, this means the Mets have every intention of keeping him around. The Mets have control of deGrom until 2021 where he becomes a free agent but will likely go to arbitration in 2019 and 2020 unless an extension is made soon.
I want deGrom to be on a competing team so bad. Aside from his “off year” last year, he has a career ERA of 2.78 in his five years in the pros. The kid gets (literally in many cases) no run support when he starts. Although, to be fair, none of the other pitchers are getting much run support either.
It’s only a matter of time before deGrom gets tired of losing through no fault of his own. Gomez Guess says he will stay with the Mets, if they give him an opportunity to sign a long-term deal. The Mets would be crazy not to, but considering how unsuccessful the Mets have been, they should just trade him to a playoff contending team to get some trade value while they can.
How long can deGrom keep up his ridiculous numbers? He reminds me of Tim Lincecum in a lot of ways. I for one hope he is traded to a team that he can get those wins he absolutely deserves.
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