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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:
Jacob deGrom, 100mph Fastball and 93mph Slider, Overlay.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 16, 2021
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:
Jacob deGrom so far this spring:— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 16, 2021
9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 16 K.
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.