Mets' Jacob deGrom ties MLB record for most strikeouts to start a game
Jacob deGrom ties game-beginning strikeout record
Back in September of 1986, Astros lefty Jim Deshaies set the modern record for most consecutive strikeouts to start a game, knocking down eight Dodgers in row. During Monday night's game against the Marlins, Mets rookie Jacob deGrom tied that record and set one for his team, quickly blowing through the first eight batters he faced:
Though the ninth batter's hit ended deGrom's chance at breaking the record, the crowd at Citi Field was proud:
The Mets right-hander has been quietly putting together a case for NL Rookie of the Year, allowing only 107 hits over his 127 1/3 innings pitched. Since July 1, his ERA has been a minuscule 1.86, and until the 7th inning of Monday's game, he had not allowed a run for 28 consecutive innings.
What will the future hold for deGrom? No matter what it is, we fully expect his flowing locks to be the "Rachel" of the rest of this decade. Mr. Met's already on board: