The Mets only know two things: he’s really good, and he’s really cheap.
deGrom, just like fellow Mets pitchers Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, is still making under $570,000 and isn’t eligible for arbitration. While deGrom can get a pay boost from pre-arbitration before next season, his salary for this year was just $556,875, according to Spotrac.com. deGrom will be available for full arbitration in 2018, when he will be 30 years old.
Most baseball fans were only introduced to Jacob deGrom in July, when the Mets ace struck out the side in the sixth inning of the All-Star Game. In New York, deGrom has been the Mets’ best player since he started on Opening Day.
2015 was deGrom’s first full season in the majors. In 34 starts, deGrom went 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA, 205 strikeouts and a .98 WHIP in 191 innings.
While the Mets have been riding deGrom throughout the postseason, he showed his first signs of fatigue last week. In Game One of the NLDS against the Dodgers, deGrom’s average fastball velocity was up to 92.7 miles per hour. That number dipped to 92, and then to 88.8 in his most recent start.
deGrom is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.80 in his three postseason starts.