August 4, 2021

Mets’ Jacob deGrom is The Post’s NY Athlete of the Decade (New York Post)


This was the deGrom deCade.

With all the incredible athletes who played in New York over the last 10 years, it is Jacob deGrom who stands above everyone else on a list that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Henrik Lundqvist, David Wright, Derek Jeter, Aroldis Chapman, Eli Manning, Aaron Judge, Carmelo Anthony, Darrelle Revis, Victor Cruz and Mariano Rivera.

From 2014, when the Mets right-hander came out of nowhere to win Rookie of the Year honors, to back-to-back Cy Young Awards the last two seasons, it is deGrom who dominated the New York sports scene.

The way deGrom, 31, is going he can have quite the impact on the next decade as well.

In his 171 career starts, deGrom has allowed one or no runs 80 times (46.8 percent). Since 1908, that is the most such starts within a pitcher’s first 171 career games.

That covers 11 decades.

He is the first Mets pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards, and if he wins another he will tie Mets legend Tom Seaver with three. His 1.84 daytime ERA is the best day-game ERA in major league history.

Since the beginning of the 2018 season, deGrom’s 51 quality starts are the second most in baseball, behind Justin Verlander’s 52. DeGrom is the…

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