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Mets’ Jacob DeGrom Is (Again) The Best Pitcher In Baseball

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After another dominating performance this afternoon, it’s become clear that Mets ace Jacob DeGrom is still the best pitcher in baseball. Twitter’s “Pitching Ninja” helps show how filthy he was today:

Hitters probably miss the days when 93-mph pitches were average fastballs. For DeGrom, 93 is what he calls a ‘slider’, while his fastball climbs over 100 with regularity.

No one else in the big leagues has ever had this type of stuff for this long, and that’s what really makes DeGrom a notch above the rest. He’s had this repertoire for almost a decade. The 32-year-old right-hander nearly won three-straight Cy Young awards, and he showed up today using only two pitches, fastballs and sliders. Just because he can.

Unfortunately for hitters, he didn’t have to use his devastating changeup to strike out 75% of the hitters he faced today. These are his numbers so far this spring:

At some point, the future Hall of Famer has to slow down, but for now, it seems he’s at least in the discussion as the greatest pitcher ever.

Such discussions are never officially over, but they’re still fun to talk about. Meanwhile, we wish the National League East nothing but the best as they continue their quest to figure out how to hit Jacob DeGrom.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. deGrom’s problem is he’s played for Mets teams that have given him little run support. His 10–9 & 11-8 seasons should have been 22-4 seasons…which leads many not to put him as an all-time great. But he is the best pitcher today. I think he needs more years to be considered among the greatest ever (and I’m a Mets fan), but watching him pitch is fun.

  2. Gary, if my life depended on winning one game, and if I could pick one pitcher from history to pitch that game for me, and if I could take the best version of that pitcher from their prime, then there would be no hesitation………..I am going with Pedro Martinez all the way. But, I do realize, conversations of “greatest ever” are subjective. And “longevity” is part of the equation. I still rank Pedro as best ever, but regardless, I look forward to more of your articles. (not saying you are ranking Degrom as #1 right now, just saying I put Pedro as #1 and that I look forward to more of your articles)

  3. I also like how he quietly goes about his business. No flashy nickname or over the top personality like Thor or the Dark Knight. If those other 2 had his durability the Mets could have been something. Maybe even rival Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz.

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