Jacob Degrom Is Becoming An Elite Pitcher


Jacob Degrom had a few rocky outings this season, but overall he had many stellar starts and now looks like he can finish off 2015 with an even better track record than what he finished with in 2014, the year he won the Rookie of the Year. In 12 starts, Degrom owns a 7-4 record which includes winning his last 4 decisions and in those 12 starts had given up 2 runs or fewer 9 times and 1 run or fewer in 6 starts. With that, he now boasts a 2.42 ERA which is over 20 points lower than what he had finished 2014 with.

He has thrown 81 strikeouts in 78 innings and over the course of a full season is on pace to throw more than 220. What makes his strikeout count more interesting is his walk count which started off pretty bad but had been getting better as the season goes on. Degrom had given up 3 walks in his last start last night but before that had gone 3 straight games, all of which for more than 7 innings and his 5.06 K/BB ratio is stellar. In two of his last 4 starts Degrom had gone 8 innings while facing just one batter over the minimum and had combined for 3 baserunners and 19 strikeouts in those two games. Degrom only got better once June rolled in as he is 2-0 with a 1.2 ERA, 18 strikeouts and 3 walks in 15 innings, and a WHIP of 0.667.

Degrom who had thrown 8 strikeouts in a game just once in all of April had done it in each of his last 4 games with 2 games of at least 10 K's and during that span has a K/9 ratio of just over 11, which means that if he can keep up this current streak, he can go well beyond the prediction of 220 K's. Let's also bring up the fact thatearlier today Degrom actually split Player of the Week honors with Clayton Kershaw for his two spectacular starts this month and it looks like Degrom may just be in line for Pitcher of the month at some point soon if he keeps this up.

Right now he has the 7th best ERA in the National League and his 81 K's are tied for 6th. He brought his season WHIP down to an even 1 which is tied for 6th and is one of the most consistent pitchers in the league now, having thrown 78 innings, which is just 3.1 behind the most in the N.L.

There's no doubt that big things are beginning to happen with Degrom, he was great last year in a variety of ways and he's only going to get better from now on.

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