On Wednesday, while facing his last batter, New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom reached back to throw a slider at 92 mph past Braves hitter Ozzie Albies for career strikeout No. 1000.
deGrom’s regular season is over and a waiting game begins for a few weeks to see if the remarkable season he had is enough to win him this season’s National League Cy Young award.
deGrom threw eight dominating innings and ended his regular season with a 1.70 ERA, which is tops in the majors as the Mets shutout the Braves 3-0.
The right-hander finished the regular season 10-9 after striking out 10 and giving up only two singles against the champions of the National League East. deGrom retired the last 20 batters he faced after giving up a Johan Camargo single.
The Mets ace allowed three or fewer runs in his past 29 starts, which extends his single season record. He also tied the overall mark that Jake Arrieta set in 2015-16.
deGrom posted his 11th game with double-digit strikeouts this season and has now done so 32 times. The majority of his strikeouts were on sliders that reached the low-90s and his velocity reached the high 90s for his fastball during the entire game.
The win by deGrom was his first in his last six starts versus Atlanta. This season he gave up just four runs over 41 innings to Braves hitters.
The right-hander this season allowed one run or less in 18 of his 32 starts which led the National League.
deGrom’s record of 10-9 will not help him in the eyes of many baseball pundits when it comes to the Cy Young balloting. His biggest obstacle in winning will be Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
The Nationals right-hander as of Friday was 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA, 300 strikeouts and just 51 walks. deGrom finished his regular season 10-9 with a 1.70 ERA 269 strikeouts and 46 walks.