The surprising saga of Jacob deGrom's success continues...
In his latest effort, deGrom held the Mariners to one run over seven innings while striking out seven to earn his fourth win of the season.
The rookie sensation is now 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA and has not allowed a home run in his last 52 2/3 innings pitched. What's more, deGrom's ERA over his last six starts since June 21 is 1.59.
Because of his recent success, Jacob deGrom is making a strong case for N.L rookie of the month in July, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.72 ERA over that span. He is due to start one more game this month, which is scheduled to take place in Milwaukee next week and will most likely be the deciding factor.
A reason for deGrom's effectiveness in most of his starts is his changeup. It was apparent last night when he fooled Robinson Cano with it twice to punch him out, and it's been deGrom's weapon against left-handed hitters all season long.
When the count is 2-2, deGrom tends to be most effective.
Hitters are 7-for-39 with 21 strikeouts and a .179 OBP on at-bats ending with a 2-2 count against deGrom.
The rookie is also good after falling behind in the count. When behind 2-0, hitters are 6-for-27 against him. After behind 2-1, hitters are 7-for-45.
DeGrom's ability to come back in the count and throw the right pitch has paid dividends in his early ride with the Mets.
The question now: can he keep it up?
No signs point to deGrom going anywhere and he should be able to build on his starting pitching resume for the remainder of the season, right where the Mets need him the most.
"He's got his opportunity," Mets manager Terry Collins said after lat night's win. "And he's made the most of it."
If the 26 year-old rookie can continue what he's been doing the last month, a rookie of the year nomination is very realistic.