Jacob deGrom has been the definition of “lights out” with his pitching so far this MLB season. In fact, he’s on pace to have the greatest season of all time for a pitcher.
Through his first nine starts, deGrom has an ERA of 0.62. That is not a typo, he really has a sub-one ERA and we’re entering the second week of June. The pitcher in the Majors on the list of lowest ERAs is White Sox ace Lance Lynn who sports a 1.23 ERA.
The current record for the lowest ERA in a single season is held by Dutch Leonard of the Boston Red Sox, who finished the 1914 season with an ERA of 0.96. Leonard’s record-setting number came during the deadball era. In the modern game, it’s Bob Gibson’s legendary 1968 season which will be held as the standard to compare deGrom’s 2021 campaign to. Gibson finished the season with a 1.12 ERA with the Cardinals.
If deGrom can keep up this pace, he’ll not only set the record in the modern era, but he’ll set the record for the entire history of the sport, including the deadball era.
deGrom’s stellar start to the season has also put him firmly in the conversation to be named the National League MVP. Only two pitchers have won both their league’s Cy Young and MVP awards since 1992. Justin Verlander did it with the Tigers in 2011, and Clayton Kershaw achieved the feat in 2014.
The Mets ace faced the current NL MVP favorite, Fernando Tatis Jr, on Saturday night when they took on the San Diego Padres. Despite deGrom pitching seven scoreless innings, Tatis Jr managed to record a double and a walk against the two-time Cy Young winner.
deGrom is expected to get his next start on Thursday, when the Mets host the Chicago Cubs.