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The ‘Ace’is back in the Big Apple.
The New York Mets, who have been beat up like no team in Major League Baseball with injuries thus far in 2021, will be getting their best pitcher back Tuesday, as the team announced Sunday Jacob deGrom will rejoin the club.
DeGrom has been on the injured list since May 11th with what has been described as ‘tightness’ in his right side and lower back.
The return of DeGrom is no surprise, as he did throw a rehab start for the Mets’ low Class A affiliate this past Thursday, and in that he K’d eight batters, not allowing a walk in three innings in which he didn’t allow a run.
The 32-year-old has started six games thus far in 2021, going 3-2 with an amazing 0.68 ERA. He’s allowed just three earned runs (two homers) in 40 innings worth of work.
He’s struckout 65 batters so far in 2021, and has given up just seven walks.
Last season in a shortened season DeGrom started 12 games for the team, going 4-2 with a 2.38 ERA. He is a three-time All-Star, two-time All-MLB First Team award winner, two-time Cy Young Award winner (2018, 2019), and led the NL in strikeouts twice, 2019 and 2020.
He’s hopeful his presence back with the team will help them get back on track, as the Mets, despite the amount of injuries they’ve suffered, had a recent seven-game win streak, but it was halted losing five of their last eight games entering action Sunday.