NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s not so far-fetched anymore. Mets starter Jacob deGrom is making a strong case for Rookie of the Year honors.
Baseball is starting to take notice of the 26-year-old right-hander, who was named the National League’s Rookie of the Month on Monday.
“It’s awesome,” he said, according to the team’s official website. “I’m honored to receive that. That’s really cool that I got that.”
DeGrom went 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA and 38 strikeouts in July, allowing five earned runs in five starts.
His August is off to a hot start, too. He improved his record to 6-5 — and dropped his ERA to 2.77 — on Saturday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against San Francisco.
“I don’t even know what to say,” deGrom said. “It makes (Rookie of the Year) a little more real.”
But he has some stiff competition in Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, who was named the NL Rookie of the Month for June. Hamilton is batting .272 with six home runs, 42 RBIs, 21 doubles, six triples and 43 stolen bases.
DeGrom, who debuted on May 15, has pitched 94.1 innings. The Mets want to limit him to 185 innings, according to Mets.com.
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