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WATCH: Mets pitching phenom Jacob deGrom strikes out first eight batters

  • David Whitlock

The future of the New York Mets is looking brighter and brighter every day.  With 2013 National League All-Star game starter Matt Harvey throwing a simulated game today to end his 2014 regular season rehab work, the latest Mets rookie phenom Jacob deGrom is looking every bit the front-end rotation starter for the reloaded New York Mets.  He’s doing things only done by Mets legends like Dwight Gooden and Tom Seaver.  On Monday, he tied a modern day record striking out the first eight Miami Marlins he faced!  Check out all eight strikeouts (via


And you know who bats ninth in the National League?  The pitcher.  You would think the record alone was his for the taking.  Not so fast says Jarred Cosart.  Who promptly singled to right field. The randomness of baseball.  deGrom tied former Houston Astros hurler (and current Chicago Cubs broadcaster) Jim Deshaies for the mark.  Deshaies set the record in 1986, his rookie campaign, and congratulated deGrom via Twitter with his usual sense of humor:

deGrom has won seven of his last eight decisions dating back to July 2 (no decision in this game, left with a 5-3 lead that didn’t hold up).  Coming into tonight, he hadn’t allowed an earned run since August 23.  The Mets may not be so bad after all in 2015.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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