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Jacob deGrom Wins NL Rookie of the Month

by Matt Moro
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Mets starter gets rewarded for stellar July

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won July National League Rookie of the Month on Monday, continuing an already impressive first year in the big leagues for the 26 year old.

“It’s awesome,” says deGrom. I’m honored to receive [rookie of the month]. It’s really cool that I got that.”

deGrom was 4-1 in the month of July, with a 1.39 ERA in five starts to go along with 38 strikeouts and just 7 walks.  During the month he had three straight 7 inning starts in which he allowed a combined 2 runs, two starts in which he shut out his opponent over the span of his outing, and on July 8th against the Braves at home he struck out 11 batters (tying a career high) while not walking a single batter.

deGrom continued his incredible stretch with a no-hit bid on August 2nd against the Giants. Although deGrom would lose his no-hit bid in the 7th, he still picked up his 5th straight win by going 7.1 IP, the deepest in a game he’s gone in his MLB career.

Now that he’s been voted NL Rookie of the Month, deGrom admits that the possibility of Rookie of the Year is “definitely more real.” After Saturday’s win over the Giants he said, “I wouldn’t say [rookie of the year was on my radar] when I first got here. I just wanted to prove I could pitch here. I feel like it is what it is, if I got out there and pitch the best I can every time then maybe I’ll have a shot at it. I try not to think about it, I try to just go out there and do what I can do.

After talking to the media on Monday about the honor deGrom joked that he had just learned about it a few minutes ago and that we hadn’t given him enough time to prepare a better speech. While the humble rookie may have found a sense of humor in the uncomfortable situation of being put on the spot, his Rookie of the Year resume is certainly no joke.