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Jacob deGrom Tosses Two-Hit Shutout and Scores Two Runs in Efficient Win

On Friday night, Jacob deGrom threw nine innings of shutout baseball as the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals, 6-0. This was a one-of-a-kind performance that blended efficiency and effectiveness throughout the night. Not only was his pitching dominant, but deGrom’s hitting was on display as he tallied the same amount of hits that the Washington Nationals team had.

There were 8,130 fans in attendance at Citi Field (home of the Mets) on Friday night. As the night went on, chants of “MVP” could be heard as deGrom retired the final 19 batters he faced. Strikeouts were piling up as he struck out the side in order in the top of the 7th inning. When Kyle Schwarber struck out to close out that half-inning, deGrom had a new career-high 15 strikeouts.

There was a possible chance for an MLB record of 21 strikeouts if he could have struck out the next six batters, but instead he retired them in order with five groundball outs and one flyball out as he threw only eight pitches in the 8th inning and nine pitches in the 9th inning.

Efficiency was the name of the game as Jacob deGrom threw 109 pitches for the night. 84 of the 109 pitches were for strikes, and only 25 pitches were called balls. Basically, he averaged less than three balls per inning. For those counting at home that is 29 batters faced and 25 pitches outside the strike zone. While 29 batters faced is not the least amount for a complete game this season as Joe Musgrove and Carlos Rodon only faced 28 batters during their no-hitters, it might be the most efficient game pitched so far this season when you factor in the strike to ball ratio of 77%.

Jacob deGrom’s Game Score on Friday night was 98. It is the highest Game Score so far for the young 2021 season. Joe Musgrove had a Game Score of 97 and Carlos Rodon had a Game Score of 94.

A Game Score of 100 or higher in a 9-inning game has only been accomplished sixteen times in Major League Baseball history. The last time this occurred was when Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter versus the Toronto Blue Jays on September 1, 2019.

On our Efficiency and Effectiveness Rating (EER) scale, deGrom scored a 7.80 for Friday night. The highest score that can be achieved is 9.00, which would be a perfect game. EER is a rating that blends the effectiveness of keeping runs off the scoreboard while facing the least amount of batters.

The thing that made Jacob deGrom’s night even more MVP worthy was that he went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. It served as a reminder that when the designated hitter is adopted by the National League, it will lose these type of games. Jacob deGrom put the Mets on the board first when he hit an RBI double to left field for a 1-0 lead. In the 8th inning, deGrom would stay in the game to hit a single to right field. Two batters later, Brandon Nimmo hit a home run to score deGrom and give the Mets a 6-0 lead.

For the season, deGrom is batting 6-for-11 in 4 games. He has only given up one earned run for the entire season while driving in two runs and scoring two runs. His 50 strikeouts over 29 innings this season are the most by any pitcher in MLB history through the first four starts of a season.

The Mets improved to an 8-7 record on the season and are in first place in the N.L. East division.

Juan Soto was not in the lineup on Friday as he was placed on the 10-day IL with a slight shoulder strain.

Jacob deGrom bats versus the Washington Nationals on April 23, 2021
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 23: <> at Citi Field on April 23, 2021 in New York City. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 6-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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