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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Jacob deGrom Makes History in 15-Strikeout Outing

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was in peak form Friday night against the Nationals, tossing his second career shutout with a career-high 15 strikeouts. That brings his season punch-out total to 50, breaking the previous record of 48 for most strikeouts in a player’s first four outings held by Shane Bieber (2021) and Nolan Ryan (1978).

ecause he can do no wrong, deGrom also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI double. He’s 6-for-11 on the season and has a hit in every game he’s played in, and has scored more runs (three) than earned runs given up (one).

The Mets won, 6-0, as deGrom lowered his career ERA to 2.55—the lowest in Mets history. He allowed just two hits and no walks on the night.

deGrom has notched at least 14 strikeouts in his last three starts, becoming the third player ever to accomplish that feat along with Gerrit Cole (2019) and Pedro Martínez (1999). He’s the first Mets pitcher to strike out 15 since Al Leiter on Aug. 8, 1999, per MLB.com’s Sarah Langs.

Of his 109 pitches, 10 clocked in at 100 miles per hour or harder, topping out at 101 mph. deGrom got 30 swings-and-misses and retired the last 19 batters of the game.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 10:41 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 25, 2021 at 01:25 PM (#6015260)
That brings his season punch-out total to 50, breaking the previous record of 48 for most strikeouts in a player’s first four outings held by Shane Bieber (2021) and Nolan Ryan (1978).


Nolan Ryan opened the 1978 season by striking out 48 guys in 32 innings, allowing only 10 runs across 4 starts, but achieved just an 0-1 record.

Ryan's next two starts were complete-game shutouts - 23 strikeouts in 18 innings - so DeGrom has his work cut out for him.
   2. simon bedford Posted: April 25, 2021 at 01:46 PM (#6015262)
which implies ryan was good in all those starts, which he was not, two games against the stunningly weak expansion mariners ( back when that meant something) the first game where ryan really earns the l he uncorked 3 wild pitches and walked 6 in 7 innings and allowed the usual track meet on the bases including home base being stolen by bill stien. degrom would have to work very hard to be as bad as ryan could be.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: April 25, 2021 at 03:32 PM (#6015277)
Since the beginning of 2018, deGrom has a 200 ERA+ in 518 innings.

Of course, from 1997-2003 Pedro Martinez carried a 213 ERA+ over 1,408 innings.
   4. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 06:33 PM (#6015325)
breaking the previous record of 48 for most strikeouts in a player’s first four outings


Ah, yes, that notorious record.
   5. O Tempura, O Morays ('Spos) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 08:20 PM (#6015341)
Misread this as a fifteen strikeout inning. Not impossible for the Mets.
   6. Cooper Teenoh Posted: April 25, 2021 at 11:10 PM (#6015383)
Since the beginning of 2018, deGrom has a 200 ERA+ in 518 innings.

Of course, from 1997-2003 Pedro Martinez carried a 213 ERA+ over 1,408 innings.


From 1993-1998 Greg Maddux had a 195 ERA+ over 1407.1 innings. In the middle of that were the two strike-affected years, which were also his best years. He probably missed 15 starts, which is the thing that has always made me maddest about that strike.
   7. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: April 26, 2021 at 11:22 AM (#6015455)
I can't even remember the last time this record was set...

breaking the previous record of 48 for most strikeouts in a player’s first four outings held by Shane Bieber (2021)
   8. Itchy Row Posted: April 26, 2021 at 11:41 AM (#6015459)
Bieber has 57 in his five starts this year, which is second behind Ryan's 59 in 1978. Bieber's 54 in his first five starts last year is tied for fourth.
   9. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: April 26, 2021 at 05:48 PM (#6015564)
At this point, deGrom is basically daring the writers not to put him in the Hall of Fame, no matter how many wins he winds up with...
   10. DL from MN Posted: April 27, 2021 at 09:04 AM (#6015634)
At this point, deGrom is basically daring the writers not to put him in the Hall of Fame, no matter how many wins he winds up with...


He's already had a better career than Trevor Hoffman. Maybe if we call starting pitchers "pre-lievers" they'll get attention from the writers.

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