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48 Jacob deGrom SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/180 | Birthdate: 6/19/1988 | Birthplace: Deland, FL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 98/78 | Average Draft Position: 47.67
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Mets SP Jacob deGrom quiets Cardinals bats on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Mets starter Jacob deGrom stifled the Cardinals hitters on Thursday, as the Mets defeated the Redbirds 5-0.

deGrom was stellar, allowing just one hit over eight shutout innings. He struck out a season-high 11 batters and didn't walk anyone. He threw 79 of his 104 pitches for strikes. The only hit he allowed was a one-out single in the top of the first. He retired the next 23 batters he faced after that.

If there was one knock on deGrom's performance, perhaps it was that he did not get a hit on the afternoon.

deGrom has been dealing with minor hip and shoulder soreness of late, which is why manager Terry Collins opted to lift him with after eight innings, according to ESPN.com

"I haven't thrown a complete game in the big leagues," deGrom said. "That's something I want to do. But I had a lot of pitches early on. My goal was to try to stay in there for at least seven. Then, whenever they let me go back out for the eighth, I was just happy to do that."

The young right-hander improved to 5-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.75. He's allowed just one run over his last 14 innings pitched. deGrom will look to keep the good times rolling in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday against the Phillies. 


Mets SP Jacob deGrom back on track with solid start on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Mets starter Jacob deGrom was in fine form in Saturday's win over the Brewers. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out six. deGrom was the beneficary of an offensive explosion by the Mets as they routed the Brewers 14-1.

This was a nice rebound for deGrom who struggled in his last start on Monday when he gave up four runs in five innings. The only run he gave up on Saturday came on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. deGrom threw 100 pitches, with 65 going for strikes.

deGrom even went 3 for 3 with an RBI at the plate, including two singles during the Mets' 10-run fourth inning. He's now sporting a very fine .294 batting average.

"It was a big night," deGrom said, per the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "Coming off a couple bad starts, wanted to get out there and put us in a position to win. We played great as a team. Everything came together, the offense, and we pitched well and got the win."

The victory evened his record at 4-4 and dropped his ERA to 3.72. He'll look to keep the good times rolling when he makes his next start, scheduled for Wednesday against the Cardinals.


Mets' Collins: Jacob deGrom trying too hard to live up to last season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is struggling early on this season. In his last start against the Cubs, deGrom allowed four runs on five hits, pushing his record to 3-4 with a 3.46 ERA this season. Manager Terry Collins thinks he knows why the issues are happening, according to NJ.com.

"Some of the things that I've seen him do, I think he's tried way too hard to live up to what he did last year," Collins said. "But yeah, I think he puts a little pressure on himself to think he's got to win every game he goes out there instead of just pitching the kind of games he pitches where he's going to be successful."

deGrom posted a 9-6 record with a 2.69 ERA in 22 starts in 2014. He has already allowed six home runs after allowing just seven all of last year. 

"He's not really a strikeout guy, and I think he's overthrowing a little bit," Collins said. "That's caused him to get the ball up in the strike zone, so hopefully he's back to what made him successful last summer."


Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom tagged for four runs in loss on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom allowed four runs on five hits in five innings of work in New York's 4-3 loss to the Cubs on Monday. 

DeGrom struggled in the very first inning when he allowed back-to-back home runs to Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo for three runs. Then in the fourth, deGrom surrendered an RBI single to Addison Russell.

"It boils down to location," deGrom said. "Tonight I struggled with it and I think that kind of gets me off my game plan. I can't throw the pitches I want for strikes and make some mistakes over the plate and they seem to hit a long way."

DeGrom, now 3-4, moved his ERA to 3.46 in 41 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Saturday against the Brewers.

"I saw that tonight for the first time," manager Terry Collins said. "But you've also got to also understand, he really hasn't struggled like this before. So we've got to get him through it and we've got to get that confidence back, still trust in his stuff and make pitches with it."


Mets' Dillon Gee placed on DL with groin strain


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Mets starter Dillon Gee was diagnosed with a slight groin strain, per NJ.com. He was scratched from Sunday's start and placed on the 15-day disabled list. 

Bartolo Colon will pitch in Gee's place on Sunday, and Jacob deGrom will pitch Monday.


Mets' Jacob deGrom strikes out nine in win vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom earned a win Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out nine in his team's 5-1 victory over the Orioles.

"We tweaked some things there, and it's helped my offspeed [pitches]," deGrom said, per MLB.com.

deGrom (3-3) snapped a two-start losing streak with his excellent effort Wednesday, which featured his season high in strikeouts. His only damage came on a single with two men on in the fifth inning, but his offense picked up two runs in the following inning to give him more cushion than he would need.

"His changeup got so good toward the end of last summer that it became a huge pitch for him," manager Terry Collins said. "He has kind of got away from it a little bit, and we want him to re-establish that. We talked the other day; he's got to use his curveball."

deGrom owns a 2.95 ERA and 32:8 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cubs in Chicago Tuesday.


Mets' Jacob deGrom takes loss vs. Nationals Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was stuck with a loss Thursday, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 8-2 defeat against the Nationals.

deGrom (2-3) took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning but saw three runs cross the plate on just two walks, an error and a single, along with a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout. He then left the sixth inning with two more runs home and two men on base, and came close to being charged with another before Ryan Zimmerman was thrown out at home on a flyout.

deGrom owns a 3.34 ERA and 23:7 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles Wednesday.


Mets starter Jacob deGrom allows three HRs in loss to Yankees


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Mets starter Jacob deGrom (2-2) was tagged for six runs, five coming via home runs, on eight hits in five innings on Friday in a loss to the Yankees.

First baseman Mark Teixeira hit two two-run homers and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury added a solo shot off deGrom.

"I was throwing the ball fine in the bullpen and when I went in the game I don't know if it was a little adrenaline or something but I was leaving the ball up," deGrom said.

DeGrom more than tripled his ERA to 2.96 on Friday.

DeGrom did not allow a run during his previous two starts, winning both.

DeGrom will look to get back on track Thursday against in his next start against the Nationals.


Mets emerging stud Jacob deGrom stymies Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, who has been lights-out at Citi Field since last year, turned the lights out Saturday night on the Marlins in front of a sellout crowd.

The bullpen flipped the switch back on in the ninth inning, but finally shut Miami down to raise his record to 2-1.

deGrom was dominant in seven shutout innings, surrendering six measly singles, walking none and fanning eight in lowering his ERA to a sparkling 0.93. He retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced and has not allowed a run in his last two outings.

Outfielder and teammate Michael Cuddyer was duly impressed.

"His mound presence, the way he carries himself, he's not scared of any hitter or any situation," he told ESPN. "No moments are too big for him, and no hitter is too big."

deGrom will try to make it three shutout performances in a row Friday night against the host Yankees.


Mets' deGrom wins home opener with 6 1/3 scoreless innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom earned the win in his team's home opener Monday, allowing seven hits and one walk in 6 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out three in his team's 2-0 victory over the Phillies.

deGrom (1-1) retired the first seven batters he faced and then was able to work out of trouble through the middle innings to pick up his first win of the season. He owns a 1.46 ERA and 9:3 K:BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings going into Saturday's matchup with the Marlins.


Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom allows two runs in six innings Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom allowed two runs over six strong innings of work in New York's 2-1 loss to the Nationals Wednesday.

DeGrom's only blemish came in the first inning when Ryan Zimmerman took him to deep left field for a home run, bringing in two. He begins the year with a 3.00 ERA. 

DeGrom will look to get his first win of the year Monday against the Phillies.


Mets' Jacob deGrom hoping to keep Nationals in check Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom paid close attention to Bartolo Colon's start on Opening Day, and is ready to keep the Nationals in check in his season debut on Wednesday.

"I watched what Bartolo did, he just located and kept the ball down," deGrom said, per the New York Daily News. "He threw the ball really well. That is always my game plan: throw strikes and keep it down. Watching it today, I learned some things from him and I will take it into Wednesday."

deGrom is coming off a Rookie of the Year campaign in 2014 in which he went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 144:43 K:BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings. He is hoping to make adjustments in order to avoid a sophomore slump.

"I know hitters will make adjustments on me," deGrom said this spring, "I am ready for that."


Mets plan to be conservative with Harvey, deGrom early in season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Mets plan to be cautious early in the season with starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom since neither player stretched out to 100 pitches during spring training, per NJ.com.

"It's not about health," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Well in Harvey's case it's about his return. And in deGrom's case it's being a little conservative, that's all."

With the conservative approach in mind, the Mets chose to open the season with an eight-man bullpen.

"That gave us a little bit of flexibility," Alderson said. "That may change as well over time."


Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom may be used as pinch-hitter this year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is considered one of New York's better hitting pitchers and manager Terry Collins wants to make good use of that, reports the New York Daily News.

Collins doesn't have a problem using deGrom or his other better hitting pitchers if he's in a bind this year.

"It all depends on what the situation of the game is," Collins said Saturday afternoon. "You will (use a bench player such as John Mayberry Jr.) if you've got to win the game. If it's a situation where, hey, look, the bases are loaded and they're making a move, you’ve got to counter it. That's why it's important we have some pitchers who can swing the bat a little bit."

DeGrom hit .217 in 46 plate appearances in 2014.


Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom allows one run in seven innings Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom continued his roll through spring training hitters Saturday against the Nationals, allowing just one run on four hits with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.

"That's the most stretched out I've been all spring, and I felt really good out there today," deGrom said to ESPN.com.

He needed just 81 pitches to get through his outing.

"I struggled today a little bit," said deGrom, who sliced his Grapefruit League ERA to 2.45. "I don't know if I lost concentration or something with those two four-pitch walks. That's the main thing today, but the spring has been going pretty smooth. I'm still trying to work on things. I was getting under my changeup today. And that’s what I fell behind Bryce with before he hit the home run."


Mets' Jacob deGrom strikes out five in four innings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom surrendered two earned runs on four hits and one walk in four innings while striking out five and earned the win in Monday's 12-3 victory over the Marlins.

The Mets tabbed deGrom to pitch the second game of the season Monday, lining him up to be on the mound for the team's home opener in his second scheduled start. He's allowed five earned runs in 15 innings this spring while striking out 17 batters and walking only two.

"I struggled with keeping the ball down today," deGrom said to the New York Post. "It was just one of those days where I didn’t have the best feel for where I was throwing it. I must have rushed a little bit."


Mets line up Colon, deGrom, Harvey for first three games


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins announced Monday that Bartolo Colon will draw the start for Opening Day on April 6 against the Nationals, while Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey will follow Colon in the rotation, The Star-Ledger reports.

The news confirms a report from Sunday indicating that Colon, deGrom and Harvey would face the Nationals in the first series of the season. Colon will become the oldest Opening Day starter in franchise history, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007.


Report: Mets tap Bartolo Colon for Opening Day, set rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) The Mets will start Bartolo Colon on April 6 in the regular-season opener against the Nationals, ESPNNewYork.com reported Sunday.

The team confirmed the report Monday. Colon is set to become the team's oldest Opening Day starter ever, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007. He went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA and 151:30 K:BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings.

Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom will start the team's second game of the season as well as the home opener against the Phillies. Matt Harvey, who was in the mix to pitch the home opener, will follow deGrom in both of the first two trips through the rotation.


Mets' Jacob deGrom strikes out six in five one-hit innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom shined in Tuesday's 6-4 spring win against the Marlins, allowing just one hit in five scoreless innings while striking out six and walking none.

It was the best start of Grapefruit League play for deGrom, who had surrendered three earned runs in six innings in his previous two outings. The only hit he allowed came to the first batter of the game, and he promptly induced a ground-ball to record a double play and clear the bases.

"I'm very pleased," deGrom said after the outing, per MLB.com. "This week I worked on my delivery a little bit. Last time I got a little herky-jerky in the third inning, maybe trying to overthrow. I worked on just staying smooth this week, and I really felt good out there today."

deGrom is coming off a Rookie of the Year campaign in 2014 in which he went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 144:43 K:BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings.


Mets SP Jacob deGrom strikes out five in second spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom struck out five batters over three innings during Thursday's spring game against the Nationals. He allowed two runs on three hits and one walk.

"I had command of all of my pitches and felt really good," deGrom said, noting that he was working in particular on his curveball and slider, per MLB.com. "I gave up [Michael Taylor's double] that was hit really hard. It was just a pretty good slider and he took a good swing at it."

deGrom is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA through two spring starts.


Jacob deGrom makes successful spring debut for Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Jacob deGrom was able to pitch an inning longer than expected, after keeping his pitch count low in his spring debut with the Mets.

deGrom pitched three innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one. 

"It's definitely different," deGrom told NJ.com's Mike Vorkunov. "I'd say I was a little more relaxed but I was pretty nervous going out there today. ... I gotta go out there this year and pick up where I left off."

deGrom won the NL Rookie of the Year award last season, going 9-6, with a 2.69 ERA. He is trying to increase his use of the changeup this season and focused on that pitch during his spring debut. 

"That'd be a big pitch to have going right into the season," he said.


Mets' Jacob deGrom working on perfecting his curveball


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is working on perfecting his curveball this spring, according to the New York Post

"This spring is so different," deGrom said. "I can really come in here and work on things. Last year when I was over on the big league side, I didn’t throw my curveball one time because I was trying to make the team and prove I could get outs in spring training."

After experiencing some success in the majors, deGrom said he is more willing to work on stuff this time around. While he actually started using his curve more late last season, it seems like deGrom is going to work on perfecting the pitch during camp. 

"It’s a great pitch whether it be strike one or a strikeout pitch," deGrom said. "Talking to Gee, Wheeler and all those guys and see how they throw theirs and taking little bits of information from them and trying it in bullpens. Sometimes I throw it at 78 (mph) and that’s a big difference from the slider. It gets the hitter off balance."

deGrom, 26, posted a 2.69 ERA over 140 1/3 innings last season.


Report: Dillon Gee 'could be traded' by Mets in spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Mets RHP Dillon Gee was the subject of offseason trade rumors. That's understandable, since he arrived at spring training as one of six established starting pitchers on the Mets' staff. 

The other candidates for the Mets' rotation are: LHP Zack Wheeler, 41-year-old RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Jon Niese , RHP Jacob deGrom, who won last season's NL Rookie of the Year award and RHP Matt Harvey, returning after missing last year with arm surgery.

A source told ESPN New York that, although there wasn't much trade talk on the first day of camp, Gee "could be traded" during the spring, if the right deal came along.

Colon is also a candidate to be traded to clear the logjam in the starting rotation.  

If the team keeps all six pitchers, Gee is the leading candidate to be sent to the bullpen for long relief and the occasional spot start. 

Gee was 7-8, with a 4.00 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last year. In his five MLB seasons, all with the Mets, he's 40-34, 3.91. His last relief appearance was in 2011. 


Mets' Jacob deGrom ready for the added pressure


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is ready for the added pressure that will come after his strong rookie season, according to the New York Daily News.

"I try not to put that pressure on me," deGrom said. He did, however, admit that there will likely be more expectations from external sources. "Yeah, I try not to think about it. But I think there’ll be a little more and I’m sure I’ll put a little more pressure on myself," he added. "But I’m going to try not to."

The 26-year-old posted a 2.69 ERA over 140 1/3 innings last year. His performance earned him the NL Rookie of the Year award. 


Mets SP Jacob deGrom named NL Rookie of the Year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom won the AL Rookie of the Year award, receiving 26 of the 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. DeGrom, 26, posted a 9-6 record, 2.63 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Over his final 15 starts, he went 9-2 with a 1.90 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings.

DeGrom is the first Mets player to win the award since pitcher Dwight Gooden in 1984.