Last night, Jacob deGrom made his postseason debut for the Mets and was absolutely stellar. For most of the night, he engaged in a brilliant pitcher's duel with Clayton Kershaw, but ultimately he ended up outpitching the Dodgers' ace. deGrom tossed seven shutout innings while giving up just five hits, two of which were misjudged fly balls by Michael Cuddyer.
But perhaps most impressive was deGrom's strikeout total. His 13 strikeouts in a playoff game puts him in great company in Mets history. deGrom's total is tied for the most ever in a playoff game by a Mets pitcher. He shares that record with Tom Seaver, who reached the mark in Game 1 of the 1973 NLCS against the Reds. Seaver also occupies second place on the list with 12 strikeouts, which he recorded in the same year, against the Athletics in Game 3 of the World Series. deGrom's performance may have been even better than either of Seaver's; the Franchise allowed two runs in each of his historic starts, while deGrom kept the Dodgers off the board altogether.
In between Seaver and deGrom, only one other Mets pitcher has reached double-digit strikeouts in a postseason game. Dwight Gooden struck out 10, also against the Dodgers, in Game 1 of the 1988 NLCS. Like Seaver, he gave up two runs.
By any measure, deGrom's night was fantastic. He was dominant—deGrominant, you could say—from start to finish. But the company it puts him in makes the start truly historic.
Watch all of deGrom's (and Kershaw's) strikeouts in the video below.