DeGrom breaks Bob Gibson's record vs. Braves
Jacob deGrom's shoulder appears to be just fine.
After scaring the entire borough of Queens by leaving last week's start early with shoulder soreness, the New York Mets ace turned in another dominant, record-setting outing on Monday.
DeGrom stymied the Atlanta Braves for five innings in the first game of a doubleheader, shutting them out on one hit while walking two batters and striking out six.
It was deGrom's 12th straight start allowing one earned run or fewer, a new record for starting pitchers (excluding openers). He broke Hall of Famer Bob Gibson's mark that a traditional starting pitcher hadn't touched since 1968. While Gibson's streak took place midway through his iconic 1968 campaign, deGrom achieved the feat over his first 12 starts of 2021.
DeGrom has now thrown 30 consecutive scoreless innings, one shy of his career high. He's 2 2/3 scoreless frames away from the Mets' record that R.A. Dickey currently holds.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner lowered his ERA to a sparkling 0.50, a record through the first 12 starts of a season, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com. His 0.51 WHIP is also the lowest over any 12-start span since 1901, Langs notes.
Additionally, deGrom is the only pitcher to record 100-plus strikeouts and post an ERA below 0.60 during a 12-start stretch, according to Stathead.
The 33-year-old said postgame that he didn't feel any physical issues during the start, and deGrom left after five innings and 70 pitches because "that was enough," according to Tim Britton of The Athletic.