Last night, Jacob deGrom matched his career high by striking out thirteen opposing batters. Coming into the game after a stint on the disabled list due to a hyperextended right elbow and an abbreviated one-inning start against the Phillies, it was hard to predict what deGrom would give the Mets, but this was a virtuoso performance.
deGrom had struck out thirteen three times before last night. He first did it in September of 2014 against the Marlins. His second time came on a much bigger stage, as he struck out thirteen Dodgers in the Mets’ Game 1 victory over them in the 2015 NLDS. And he did it once more against the Marlins last April.
With this start in the books, deGrom’s ERA drops to an impressive 1.75. He has recorded 69 strikeouts in 51 1⁄3 innings so far in 2018 and has only issued 14 walks. He also becomes the sixth pitcher in franchise history to strike out at least 13 batters in a game while yielding no walks, joining such Mets luminaries as Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden, among others.