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Tracking Jacob deGrom’s 2021 season: Start #4

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deGrom’s fourth start of the season was even better than his first three.

Washington Nationals v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

As if to say that his outstanding first three starts of the year were merely a warmup, Jacob deGrom took the mound last night at Citi Field and threw perhaps the best game of his career to date. deGrom set a new career high with 15 strikeouts, and he didn’t walk anyone as he went the distance, shutting out the Nationals with absolute ease.

With that, deGrom has a 0.31 ERA on the season, currently the best mark in all of baseball among qualified starting pitchers. Corbin Burnes, who is also off to an incredible start and hasn’t walked a single batter yet, sits in the second spot and trails deGrom slightly with a 0.37 ERA of his own. And while Carlos Rodon and Danny Duffy rank third and fourth in baseball, the next-closest National League pitcher to deGrom in ERA is his teammate Marcus Stroman, whose 0.89 ERA ranks fifth in the game and third in the National League.

deGrom’s 50 strikeouts lead all of baseball, too, with Shane Bieber just behind him with 48, Tyler Glasnow next with 46, and Burnes fourth overall and in second place in the National League with 40.

Through the first four starts of this season, deGrom fares extremely well when compared to three of the best pitching season in Mets history by ERA: Tom Seaver’s 1971, Dwight Gooden’s 1985, and deGrom’s own 2018.

First four starts

Pitcher/Season IP ERA K BB
Pitcher/Season IP ERA K BB
deGrom '21 29.0 0.31 50 3
Seaver '71 30.1 1.19 37 9
Gooden '85 30.0 1.50 26 8
deGrom '18 25.0 3.24 30 6

Right now, anyone who’s watching deGrom on a regular basis is getting to see not just one of the best pitching performances in Mets history but some of the greatest pitching the game of baseball has ever seen. Marcus Stroman sees that, too.