Following Matt Harvey's and the Mets' shutout of the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night, Jacob deGrom pitched 7 shutout innings, concealing only two hits while striking out 10. The starting rotation is making it another miserable trip to Citi Field for the Rockies shutting them out two nights in a row and will look to the complete the sweep tonight with Syndergaard on the mound.
Aside from shutting out the Rockies in another stellar performance from the All-star, deGrom is proving to the team and fans that he is the best and most valuable player on the team if not the best pitcher in baseball. He lowered his ERA to 2.03, second best in the majors behind only Zack Greinke (1.65) of the Dodgers. He is also supporting an 11-6 record with a 0.89 WHIP and 152 strikeouts.
He is making dominating major league lineups look easy. The 2014 rookie of the year has four starts this year with 10 or more strikeouts, already matching last year's total. "Best pitcher in the game, hands down" When you get two strikes against a guy like him, you don't even know what to look for." Carlos Gonzalez said after going 0-3 in last night's game.
The Mets have now increased their lead over the Washington Nationals to 3.5 games largely due to their dominant pitching which is second in the Majors with a 3.18 team ERA. And deGrom has been by far the starter in an already impressive staff. deGrom leads the staff in Wins, strikeouts, ERA and Whip and is one of the most reliable starters on the team.
Normally I am against crowning a pitcher as a MVP but it is only fitting with this team. Their pitching held them in the playoff race in the first half of the year when the offense was desperately struggling and helped the Mets surge past the Nationals when their hitting finally came together. To give the team title to a position player wouldn't make much sense for a team that is second to last in runs scored while second in runs allowed.
DeGrom being the only All-star and continuing to pitch like he did last night proves he is the most important player on the team so and possibly the best pitcher in baseball.