Jacob deGrom’s run of excellence comes into greater focus after Citi stumble

The run of deGrominance is over.

Mets Cy Young ace Jacob deGrom suffered his worst start since 2017 on Tuesday when the Twins battered him for six runs (all earned) in four innings at Citi Field. Minnesota launched three home runs (deGrom allowed 10 all of last season); catcher Mitch Garver hit two of them.

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The early knockout ended deGrom’s streak of 26 consecutive quality starts (six or more innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs allowed) dating to last May 18. He wound up tied with Bob Gibson for the MLB record. It also put into perspective just how good deGrom has been over parts of three calendar years.

DeGrom’s record-tying streak began May 18, 2018, but you need to go back to Sept. 5, 2017, vs. the Phillies to find the last start in which he allowed six earned. From his next start that year through his first two starts this year, these were his numbers:

37 starts
249.0 innings
173 hits allowed
46 earned runs allowed
12 home runs allowed
321 strikeouts
53 walks
1.66 ERA
0.91 WHIP

He had not allowed any runs in 2019 before Tuesday night, so his ERA “skyrocketed” to 3.18. For more perspective, that is his highest ERA since last April 16, when it was 3.24.

DeGrom offered no excuses after the game, a 14-8 Mets loss. 

“Tonight’s on me. I was bad out there. There’s all there is to it,” he said, per NorthJersey.com.

He also wasn’t interested in reflecting on his accomplishment.

His manager, Mickey Callaway. was more charitable:

DeGrom will look to start a new streak in his next turn, which is scheduled for Sunday night in Atlanta against the Braves.

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