Mets ace Jacob deGrom begins quest for third straight Cy Young with five dominant Opening Day innings

Jacob deGrom dominated on Opening Day and his New York Mets teammates gave him zero run support. Baseball is truly back.

Friday afternoon at Citi Field, deGrom handcuffed the Atlanta Braves for five innings, in the Mets 2020 season opener, and it was only a pitch limit that forced him to exit the game. DeGrom missed time with a back issue during summer camp and the Mets are taking it easy on him early in the regular season.

The lone hit was a broken bat single and deGrom went to an 0-2 or 1-2 count on 10 of the 17 batters he faced. Those 72 pitches produced 17 swings and misses. DeGrom had 17-plus whiffs in 13 of his 32 starts last season, but he threw at least 94 pitches in each of those 13 starts, and at least 102 pitches in 11 of those 13 starts.

When your fastball averages — averages — 98.2 mph and you’re slinging 93 mph sliders like deGrom on Friday, you’re going to dominate. This is unhittable:

Alas, the Mets scored zero runs whereas deGrom was on the mound Friday, persevering with a theme that dates again a minimum of two years. Despite his greatness — deGrom has a 2.03 ERA in 426 innings since Opening Day 2018 — the Mets went 28-36 in deGrom’s 64 begins the final two seasons as a result of they merely do not rating when he is on the mound.

Here is final season’s run assist leaderboard (min. 180 innings):

Sandy Alcantara, Marlins: 3.1 runs per 9 innings
Matthew Boyd, Tigers: 4.0
Jacob deGrom, Mets: 4.1
Several tied at 4.2

That’s no option to deal with your ace and the reigning two-time Cy Young award winner. DeGrom walks a tightrope seemingly each time he takes the mound and he is typically as much as the duty. It’s exceptional, actually, how nice he’s and the way little run assist he will get.

DeGrom is driving an MLB finest 28-inning scoreless streak relationship again to final season. He is chasing his third straight Cy Young — solely Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux have completed that (they every received 4 straight) — and, as his 2018-19 seasons present, voters are prepared to miss low win totals. Few forestall runs in addition to deGrom.

While the shortage of run assist is little question irritating, a very powerful takeaway from Friday’s begin is that deGrom appears to be like wholesome. He came down with a stiff back two weeks ago and was scratched from an exhibition start, and for some time it was unclear whether or not he may pitch Opening Day. DeGrom certain appeared wholesome Friday although. He was dominant.

New York went on to win Friday’s game thanks to a Yoenis Cespedes solo home run (NYM 1, ATL 0). It was the sport’s solely run. The Mets have now received 39 of their final 51 season openers.

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