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Only Mike Trout Can Hit Jacob deGrom

For the third time in his career, Jacob deGrom took the mound in an All Star Game. Tonight, he once again proved himself to be an All-Star among All-Stars.

He only needed seven pitches to get through the third inning. He’d strike out George Springer before getting DJ LeMahieu to ground out and Mike Trout to pop out. Getting Trout to pop out was a small measure of revenge with Trout homering off him last year.

So far, deGrom has faced 10 batters in the All Star Game, and he has struck out five of them. That’s right. In a game featuring the best of the best, deGrom still goes out and dominates.

Seeing his All Star Game appearances, the 2015 postseason, and last year, deGrom has established himself as the best of the best. Really, you could make the argument he’s the best out of anyone not named Mike Trout.

Of course, deGrom is not the only story. Pete Alonso won the Home Run Derby, made a slick pick at first base, and he would deliver a two RBI single against Brad Hand in the eighth.

By the way, between taking out Carlos Santana in the first round of the Home Run Derby, making the pick robbing Santana of a base hit, and getting the two RBI single off Hand, Alonso may want to stay out of Cleveland for a while.

Perhaps, the best moment of the night was Jeff McNeil entering the game and playing left field a year to the date when Mickey Callaway informed the press McNeil wasn’t getting called up because he was just a second baseman.

Overall, the NL lost to the AL 4-3. However, the Mets came out as winners tonight, especially deGrom.

2 thoughts on “Only Mike Trout Can Hit Jacob deGrom”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Ok, how many outfield assists does McNeil have?
    Who were the other Met outfielders last year?
    How many bench players did the Mets carry?
    Why do you make these points over and over?
    What about Callaway decisions he made right but you were dead wrong on?

    deGrom spotted his 99 at the top of the strike zone as Joe Buck completely ignored him.

    Amed Rosario will play third base for the Mets?
    Danny Espinosa gets called up to contribute at SS
    Look out for the other player got in the Plawecki deal.
    Second base is the most loaded position down at the farm.
    Binghamton quietly had a good first half, their pitching has some good ones.
    McNeil, Kay, Alonso and Dunn … Sandy’s picks hot better and better…

    Alsonso just looks better by the day playing first?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not sure what the amount of outfield assists McNeil has matters. Fact is he has the range and intuition to play each of these positions well.

      With respect to Espinosa, I can’t imagine he is called up. He hasn’t been a MLB caliber player for years now. Looking at it deeper, he’s been an impediment to developing talent in Syracuse.

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