Jacob deGrom Dazzles with Career-High 15 Strikeouts in Mets' Win over Nationals

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 24, 2021

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom tips his cap to fans after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Friday, April 23, 2021, in New York. The Mets won 6-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom threw a career-high 15 strikeouts in a 6-0 home win over the Washington Nationals on Friday at Citi Field.


A COMPLETE GAME 2-HIT SHUTOUT FOR JACOB DEGROM He retired the last 19 batters he faced. Utter dominance 9 IP 2 H 15 K 0 BB 2-4 AB 1 RBI https://t.co/zbMjlMZt3q

DeGrom threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits and permitting no walks. He struck out every batter in the sixth and seventh frames, notching his career-best 15th punchout by catching Kyle Schwarber looking:

New York Mets @Mets

🚨 NEW CAREER-HIGH 🚨 Jacob deGrom has set a new career best with 15 strikeouts. https://t.co/n5qcsoA2HW

New York Mets @Mets

5️⃣0️⃣ punchouts (and counting) through his first four starts of the season. A new major league record. 👀 https://t.co/IaEa2SmidW

The right-hander, who retired 19 straight batters to end the game, allowed just one runner to pass first base off an Andrew Stevenson third-inning double. That marked the last time any National got on base safely.

The 32-year-old has now struck out 50 batters over 27 innings, allowing just one earned run, 13 hits and three walks. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner's ERA is down to 0.31, and his WHIP is 0.55.

Steve Gelbs @SteveGelbs

Jacob deGrom through four starts this season: 29.0 IP, 13 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 50 K ERA: 0.31 Good Lord.

STATS posted this incredible note about deGrom reaching the 50-strikeout mark while dominating at the plate too:

Stats By STATS @StatsBySTATS

Jacob deGrom is the second pitcher in the modern era with 50+ strikeouts and five or more base hits at the plate over any four start span. Fellow Met Dwight Gooden did it over four starts in September 1984 (52 K, 6 hits).

DeGrom's in great company with ex-Mets ace Dwight "Doc" Gooden, who dominated baseball in 1984 and 1985. Mets color commentator Keith Hernandez, who played with Gooden in the 1980s, compared the two superstars' apexes, per Gelbs:

Steve Gelbs @SteveGelbs

Gary just asked Keith if he’s ever seen anything like what we’re witnessing with deGrom: “No, I have not. Not on Doc’s best days. This is just extraordinary.”

DeGrom has struck out 14 or more batters in three straight games, and he joined some elite company by accomplishing that feat, per Sarah Langs of MLB.com:

Sarah Langs @SlangsOnSports

JACOB deGROM! 14 strikeouts in a 3rd straight start. He's just the 3rd pitcher to do that, joining: 2019 Gerrit Cole 1999 Pedro Martínez Nobody has done it in 4 straight, as he'll get a chance to do next time out

For good measure, deGrom has been good at the dish too, and he even smoked a game-winning RBI double down the left field line in the fifth inning:


Jacob deGrom says "fine, I'll do it myself" https://t.co/8B1Sn9EYZf

DeGrom is also 6-for-11 (.545 batting average) at the plate with three runs and a pair of RBI. Steve Gelbs of SNY relayed this remarkable stat after deGrom drove in a runner Friday:

Steve Gelbs @SteveGelbs

The Mets just flashed an incredible stat here at Citi. Jacob deGrom has more RBI this season (2) than earned runs allowed (1).

He finished Friday by going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

What deGrom is doing is simply bewildering right now:

Andy McCullough @ByMcCullough

Jacob deGrom is putting up “first-round pick high school pitcher in a cold-weather state” numbers. 50 strikeouts in 27 innings? Good lord.

Mike Petriello @mike_petriello

deGrom has been so hilarious this season that if the 2021 Cy voting took place today, I'm pretty sure that Corbin Burnes and his "40 strikeouts and literally 0 walks, what the, how even" would still finish a distant second.

Mets teammate and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman also chimed in:

Marcus Stroman @STR0

Sheesh. Witnessing the best to ever do it in real time. Beyond a pleasure to watch each time Jacob deGrom touches the mound. These numbers won’t be replicated for a long time. We’ll be telling our grandkids about this man. LEGEND! 🐐 @Mets

Remarkably, deGrom has been striking out batters at a remarkable rate despite keeping his pitch count low. Before Friday, his previous season-high was 99, when he struck out 14 over six innings against the Colorado Rockies last Saturday.

Against the Nats, he threw 109 pitches for the game but had just 92 when he earned his 15th K of the night.

DeGrom's next turn in the rotation will occur April 30 at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.


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