Over the course of his career, former NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta faced a slew of excellent pitchers. But one stood out above the rest: Jacob deGrom.
Jake Arrieta, who recently announced his retirement from professional baseball. Dubbed deGrom, “greatest starting pitcher to ever put on a uniform”. It happened during a recent visit on the Pardon My Take podcast.
Although Arrieta isn’t the first to call deGrom one of the game’s all-time greats, his endorsement carries some weight. Arrieta, a former All-Great and World Series champion in his own way, appeared to be in awe of what the Mets’ star pitcher can accomplish on the mound.
“We need both deGrom and Max Scherzer in our game. But especially deGrom.” he added “What he’s capable of with the baseball it astounds you.” I believe he is in a league of his own. I hope he can remain fit for another 15 years. Because if he can, I believe he will be the best ever” – Jake Arrieta
DeGrom Winning Stats
DeGrom has racked up a long list of accomplishments since making his MLB debut in 2014. He’s been named to 4 All-Star teams, won two National League Cy Young Award. Twice led the league in strikeouts and ERA. He also won the National League Rookie of the Year title in 2014. Not only that but had a 1.08 ERA in 15 games last season before succumbing to an elbow injury.
DeGrom’s stats compare favourably to those of several of baseball’s greatest pitchers. The 33-year-old has a career 2.50 ERA, 42.2 WAR, and 1,505 strikeouts in eight seasons in MLB.
The Mets will be without deGrom to begin the 2022 season as he recovers from an injury to his right shoulder. On April 1, the team announced that he would be suspended for up to four weeks before being reevaluated.
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