After waiting for him for the whole first half and a few days of the second, the New York Mets are finally ready to welcome back an old friend.
Ace Jacob deGrom, who has been lost all year while battling with a stress reaction in his right scapula, will take the mound tonight against the Washington Nationals, starting at 7:05 p.m. ET.
It’s a good first opponent for deGrom as he is eased back into action.
The league’s official Twitter account posted some of the right-hander’s stats since 2018.
Jacob deGrom's numbers are insane. 👀 pic.twitter.com/32mL1VBhJq
— MLB (@MLB) August 2, 2022
A 1.94 ERA over 581 innings is absolutely insane.
The Best Pitcher Alive…When Healthy
deGrom won consecutive Cy Young awards in 2018 and 2019 as a result of his excellent performance.
With a 2.38 ERA, he was also excellent in 2020, but Trevor Bauer ended up taking the pitching award.
deGrom suffered several injury issues in the 2021 campaign, problems that limited him to just 92 innings on the mound.
He was brilliant, though, with a minuscule 1.08 ERA and an incredible 45.1 percent strikeout rate.
deGrom probably won’t pitch more than five or six innings tonight even if he is on a perfect game pace.
For the Mets, his long-term health is extremely important.
Tonight will mark the first time that Max Scherzer and deGrom pitch on consecutive days since the organization gave $130 million to the former in the offseason.
Having both healthy and on a roll for the postseason is more important than any results they may get today.
Tonight, deGrom starts his battle to stay healthy for the remainder of the season.
It has been a challenge in the last couple of years.