Jacob deGrom Ties MLB Record With 8 Straight Ks To Open Game
New York Mets rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom has wasted no time making his name known in his first full season of MLB work. The 26-year-old starter has complied an 8-6 record on the year with a 2.68 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts in just 134.1 innings. He's walked an impressive 40 batters and has held opponents to an average of .229 at the plate on the year.
In other words, deGrom has made an extremely strong case for NL Rookie of the Year, and barring any crazy numbers from Billy Hamilton in the home stretch of the regular season, its deGrom's to lose.
But that's all beside the point, because tonight deGrom made it into the baseball history books when he opened a game against the Miami Marlins with eight strikeouts, tying an MLB record and setting a new Mets franchise record. In all, it wasn't deGrom's best performance of the season and the Mets are down 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning as of publishing time.
That isn't to say that he didn't pitch well after giving up a hit to the ninth batter, Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart. In fact, deGrom threw seven innings and allowed six hits, three earned runs, one walk, and 13 strikeouts. Not too shabby.
It would have been nice for deGrom to earn a win in the record-setting performance, but this is another accolade in an extremely strong rookie season for the young gun, who took the league by surprise this season.
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