“Terrible” Jacob deGrom dominates first start of injury break for NY Mets » FirstSportz

Jacob de Grom
Jacob de Grom

The ace of the New York Mets Jacob de Grom had some butterflies in his Grapefruit League debut in his first start since last summer. But his performance was top notch as the Florida native unleashed a barrage of fastballs and sliders against the Astros in an exhibition game.

“I was nervous to be honest.” deGrom said after firing two innings of the one-hit ball in New York’s 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Jacob’s return to the game Tuesday couldn’t have sent too many more positive vibes for the Mets as the stud’s right-hander was just being himself again. He pitched over two scoreless innings (30 pitches) and batted five while his fastball hit a top speed of 99 mph.

“The first time I play against another team – you know, [when] You face your guys, it’s more relaxed, more fun – but when you come out with guys in a different uniform I was a little nervous.”

“Mainly working on making the hill really smooth”

Jacob de Grom
Jacob de Grom

The two-time Cy Young Award winner got off to a sensational start last season but an elbow injury kept him out of the entire second half. He ran well at 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA over 15 games before the Mets collapsed without him after leading the NL East for a long stretch.

The main thing I worked on in the offseason that dragged on today was to get down the hill really smooth‘ deGrom said of his 30-pitch, 24-shot excursion. “Everything felt good. It felt like I was in sync.”

DeGrom, 33, returned to the Mets-Astros clash and blew opponents down with three strikeouts in a 15-pitch first inning, fanning two swinging and one watching.

I ran it against our boys the other day‘ said deGrom. “It’s comforting to go out and feel completely at ease.”

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