Ebene Magazine – Mets are not worthy of Jacob deGrom


About seventy years ago, a University of Oklahoma president named George Lynn Cross provided the monetary quote that forever defines the run-amok corporation that is a major college sport.

This is what the Mets are like today. You have to create a baseball team that Jacob deGrom can be proud of.

You have failed this pursuit for far too long now. DeGrom is in his eighth season with the majors and is approaching his 33rd birthday. The Mets wasted too much of its prime. They did a serious run with him in 2015 before losing the World Series to the Royals in five games. You’ve now missed the playoffs with him for four consecutive seasons and it would be a shame to make it five in a row.

Wednesday night deGrom had no otherworldly stuff against the Red Sox, an opponent who stepped one step in the Weight class represented. But his stuff was damn good enough to win a ball game. He gave up a run and three hits while scoring nine over six innings, and the Mets responded with an effort that could best be described as indifferent. By the time deGrom had thrown his last pitch, the Mets had hit Nick Pivetta. One. They suffered their second straight defeat to Boston, that 1-0, and ended those two games with a total of one run.

After deGrom climbed the hill in his first four starts with an ERA of 0.31 and a record of 50 Having conquered rashes in the big leagues, he gave up some loud doubles while minimizing the damage. He fought the Red Sox as long as he could, waiting for his offense to harm a starter with a career record of 23-30 and a career ERA of 5.31. It never happened. All night was another excruciating exercise to see deGrom, a master of his craft, be compromised by an offensive display that was really offensive.

« I try not to think too much about it, » deGrom said about its lack of support. « I’m rather disappointed that I couldn’t pit there in the second inning. »

He gave up one run in that inning and saddled up with the loss. In fact, deGrom has allowed two deserved runs in its five starts, with two losses. But there he was on Wednesday night, accusing himself of being human in a game that required superhuman exertion. DeGrom said he was dissatisfied with his mechanics, he was blown, everything seemed flat. He said he couldn’t find his fastball or anything like he had on his previous outings.

Again by a man who had performed what would be considered exceptional in every way except for of his own.

It has been a consistent narrative thread throughout deGrom’s career. Yet he’s already being hailed as the future Hall of Famer and baseball’s answer to Tom Brady, who was drafted to 199th overall by the Patriots in 2000, 10 years before deGrom was ranked 272nd overall by the Mets . Quarterbacks and pitchers are apples and oranges, but deGrom is one of those athletes who deserved his own baseball belichick, a manager or manager who could come up with a program that would give him the support a postseason need.

Before the game on Wednesday night, the former general manager who designed deGrom in the ninth round, Omar Minaya, spoke on the phone about the reason the franchise had chosen the converted shortstop from Stetson University. Minaya was a firm believer in athleticism, and local Mets scouts saw that quality in deGrom.

In the fifth inning against the Red Sox, deGrom used that athleticism to knock out a potential double-play ball.

 » I wanted to give [Brandon] Nimmo a chance with a runner, « said deGrom. On cue, Nimmo struck to end the inning.

In the ninth round, Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith all swing and earned boos from a Citi Field crowd that they reserved not just for Francisco Lindor this time around.

DeGrom was the one who ended up having the biggest hit. When Minaya bumped into him here and there, he asked his former draft pick with a smile: « How does it feel to be the best pitcher in the world? »

Answer: Not great when the Mets Cannot create a team worthy of the best performance of this pitcher.

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