Even in injury-shortened outing, Jacob deGrom's stellar start was an MLB first

By , Audacy Sports

The main takeaway from Wednesday night's Mets game was that Jacob deGrom was pulled due to injury. There is not a whole lot of good in that sentence, and it's pretty much impossible to take a "glass half-full" approach to your ace, and the best pitcher in baseball, exiting his start early for the second consecutive outing. Simply put, this stinks for Mets fans.

But, as is the case with most things deGrom-related, there was a level of awesomeness to the night. Even in a start that ended far too early for deGrom and left him with another injury, the indomitable Mets ace left his mark in the MLB record books once again.

If not for Rich Harden and Bruce Chen, he'd be the only pitcher in MLB history with eight strikeouts in a three-inning start before getting pulled. But as the stat above shows, deGrom also allowed zero hits. Harden and Chen did not; alternatively, they got rocked and were pulled for that very reason (via Stathead).

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H ER BB SO
1Jacob deGrom2021-06-16NYMCHCW 6-3 3.00008
2Rich Harden2009-04-15CHCCOLL 2-5 3.05448
3Bruce Chen2000-07-26PHICHCL 9-14 3.05438
Provided by Stathead.com: View Stathead Tool Used
Generated 6/17/2021.

Though deGrom, for whom dominant performances are nothing new, isn't sure of the severity of the injury to this point, he's frustrated, and understandably so.

“Felt good warming up, felt really good in the first and second inning, then there in the third my shoulder was sore,” deGrom said after the game (via Jerry Beach of the Associated Press). “This is getting old. I want to be out there competing.”

With a 6-2 record over 11 starts and 67.0 innings pitched, to go along with a baffling 111 strikeouts and league-best 0.54 ERA, deGrom's return is of the utmost importance to the Mets and to the game of baseball.

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