In his second All-Star Game appearance, Mets ace Jacob deGrom was tasked with facing former MVPs and MVP candidates in his one inning of work. He set down Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve with relative ease, but next up was Mike Trout, who deGrom wanted to face in 2015.
This time, the perennial MVP candidate took him deep, even though deGrom got to two strikes in the count. The home run didn’t seem to phase deGrom much, as he struck out J.D. Martinez to end the inning. Giving up a home run to the best player on the planet is nothing to be ashamed of, making it another successful All-Star Game appearance for deGrom.
deGrom received some consideration to start the game this year, but the nod instead went to hometown ace Max Scherzer, who pitched the first two innings. He allowed one run on a solo home run to Aaron Judge.