After using just eight pitches to retire the Atlanta Braves in the top of the first inning, New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom became the first pitcher in the league to have his glove and hat checked as Major League Baseball begins to crack down on pitchers using foreign substances.
Now the odds-on National League MVP favorite, deGrom aced (pun intended) the test:
Mets legend Keith Hernandez said on SNY's telecast that deGrom handled being the first player checked "better than I would."
After setting the Braves down in order again in the second inning, deGrom was checked a second time. There were no issues again for deGrom, who entered the day with a minuscule 0.54 ERA.
To be fair, Braves starter Kyle Muller was also checked after his first inning of work. Like deGrom, he passed.