Mets rookie Jacob deGrom has been named the National League Rookie of the Month for July. In 32 ⅓ innings over five starts in the month, deGrom had a 1.39 ERA with 38 strikeouts and just 7 walks. He did not allow a home run over that span, either, and had a 1.44 FIP as a result.
Those results are impressive by the standards of all major league pitchers, too—not just rookies. Among qualified starting pitchers, deGrom ranked seventh in ERA and second in FIP in July. The only pitcher to best deGrom in FIP was the spectacular Chris Sale.
When it comes to the National League Rookie of the Year race, deGrom would have a pretty good case if he were to keep pitching the way he has been lately. His 1.7 fWAR ranks third in the league and trails only Billy Hamilton of the Reds—whose value is derived largely from his defense by the metric—and Arizona shortstop Chris Owings.