But when he was on the mound, deGrom was virtually unparalleled. He went 82-57 in nine years with the Mets, a record that would have been higher had it not been for the team’s uncanny lack of offensive support when deGrom pitched. But his profession 2.52 earned run average in 209 starts is the fourth lowest for any pitcher with no less than 200 starts within the expansion era, behind only the nice Dodgers aces, Sandy Koufax (2.19) and Clayton Kershaw (2.48). His 43.8 profession wins above alternative is fourth best on the Mets list.
A former college shortstop who loved to hit, deGrom was chosen by the Mets within the ninth round of the 2010 draft when Omar Minaya was the team’s general manager. It was an inspired selection as deGrom evolved into arguably the second-best pitcher the Mets ever had, after Seaver. He quickly flourished after 4 years within the minors, one in every of which (2011) was lost when he had Tommy John surgery.
After he won the Rookie of the 12 months Award and helped the Mets to the 2015 World Series, deGrom won the Cy Young Award in 2018 and 2019 and led the league in strikeouts twice. The Mets had hoped that pairing deGrom and Max Scherzer on the front of their rotation could lead on the team to its first World Series title since 1986. But a 101-win season resulted in frustration when the team was eliminated within the wild-card round of the playoffs. DeGrom won his one start, in Game 2 against the Padres.
With deGrom and the Mets, 2021 will remain an extreme case of what might need been. He had a career-best 1.08 E.R.A. before being shut down for the season after 15 starts. He was effective once he was capable of return within the second half of the 2022 season, striking out 14.3 batters per nine innings, but his results were mixed, by his standards, with a 5-4 record and a 3.08 E.R.A.
In spring training, when deGrom said he would play out his contract and test free agency, it raised the likelihood that he might leave Recent York. Raised in DeLeon Springs, Fla., deGrom was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and a few speculated that he might sign there. As a substitute, it was the Rangers.
In Texas he will likely be asked to stabilize the pitching for a team that spent lavishly last off-season, committing $500 million to the infielders Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, but finished 68-94 thanks largely to the team’s starters combining for a 4.63 E.R.A.
Benjamin Hoffman and Scott Miller contributed reporting.