Tuesday, September 27 2022
Jacob deGrom spring training start blue uniform good shot

Jacob deGrom spring training start blue uniform good shot

For the first time since July 7, 2021, Jacob deGrom took the mound in a Mets uniform on Tuesday night.

Sure, it was just a spring training game, but deGrom dazzled for two shutout innings, striking out five hitters while throwing 30 pitches. He topped out at 99 mph on his fastball and showcased his usual pinpoint command.

The two-time Cy Young looked completely in control as he overpowered Astros hitters, but after the game deGrom said that he actually had some nerves as he took the mound for the first time in over eight months.

“I was nervous, to be honest with you,” deGrom said after his night came to a close. “First time facing another team – you know, you face your guys, it’s more relaxed, more fun, but you get out there with guys in another uniform, and I was a little nervous.

“But the main thing I worked on this offseason, and I felt like it carried over pretty well today was just being really smooth down the mound. That was the main concern today, and everything felt good, felt like I was in sync and I was able to locate the ball pretty well, so I was happy with how today went.”

DeGrom was well on his way towards a historic season in 2021, posting a 1.08 ERA over his first 15 starts, before tightness in his right pitching elbow shut him down.

But he came out of Tuesday’s spring debut feeling perfectly healthy, while also understanding the team’s decision to hold him to two innings in his first action of the year.

“It’s reassuring to go out there and feel completely fine,” deGrom said.

“I think it was playing it smart. Talking to (pitching coach Jeremy Hefner) about it, not knowing exactly when we were going to show up (for spring training), didn’t want to go out there and push it too much early on.”

With the MLB lockout delaying the start of spring training, deGrom did his best to stay ready despite not being able to face live hitters. Now, the Mets’ ace is ramping up towards making his fourth straight Opening Day start on April 7 against the Washington Nationals.

“Normally, I probably would have already thrown three games,” deGrom said, “so it’s totally different when somebody steps in the box versus throwing bullpens, so facing our guys and feeling good and then today feeling really good is definitely reassuring from the health part of it.”

Source: Yahoo Sports


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