Jacob Degrom Shows Signs of Felix Hernandez Syndrome

Last season between May 18th and August 11th, Felix Hernandez went on an epic stretch of 16 straight starts going at least 7 innings and giving up 2 Earned Runs or fewer and right now it looks like Jacob Degrom is trying to follow in his footsteps. Degrom has now gone 6 straight games of doing the same and has in total 7 consecutive starts of 2 Earned Runs or fewer dating back to May 16th.

During Degrom's stretch he is 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA. Care to take a guess what King Felix's ERA was during the 16 game stretch? It was the exact same, 1.41. During the first 6 games of those 16, Hernandez boasted a 1.34 ERA, not too much better than what Degrom is posting. During those 6, Hernandez posted 52 strikeouts and 7 Walks in 47 innings while Degrom posted 50 Strikeouts and 5 Walks in 44.2 Innings. Degrom's K/9 ratio is 10.07 while Felix's was 9.96. The Strikeout ratio really says a lot considering Hernandez threw an amazig 248 Strikeouts over the course of the 2014 season.

If Degrom can continue piling onto this streak of 7+ IP games with 2 or fewer ER's, then Degrom can easily finish the season as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Right now he has the 8th best ERA in baseball and the 6th best in the National League. He also has the 6th best WHIP in all of baseball and the 8th most strikeouts. Degrom's WHIP is only going to contimue to drop, his season WHIP stands at .96 while his WHIP in June stands at .72.

In June, Degrom has thrown the 3rd most Innings of any pitcher, just .1 behind Chris Sale and 1.1 behind Max Scherzer. Of the 18 N.L. pitchers with at least 25 Innings, only Gerrit Cole and Jaime Garcia have a better ERA, only Scherzer and Garcia have a better WHIP, and only Kershaw and Scherzer have more strikeouts.