Jacob deGrom: About Last Night

Oh, I’m sure I’ve mentioned it a time or two, but good grief is that Jacob deGrom changeup filthy. If I had that as my go to pitch in high school (by that I mean if I had his changeup as my fastball, with the movement and speed) I would have been All State and heading to somewhere like Miami for a partial scholarship. Is that asking too much? I don’t think so. Instead, I was blessed with an ability to sun burn easily, a reoccurring case of elbow tendonitis, and a sudden urge to read Forgotten Realms novels my senior year. Talk about losing out on sunshine and good times. I opted for the pasty skin route.

Like Gio Gonzalez on Friday, things could have been pretty bad for deGrom early. He allowed two first inning runs, on a broken bat single to Ian Desmond, but it took him 31 pitches to get through a Nationals lineup that was intent on fouling off everything the righty had to offer. Anthony Rendon had a particularly spirited first at-bat and just missed hitting one past a sprinting Curtis Granderson in left center. The two seamer looked good, though, and of course that changeup was filthy. He threw 11 of them on the night, only a few less than his slider that wasn’t doing all that much, and mostly relied on his fastball.

On the night, deGrom allowed the two earned runs on six hits and a walk in six innings of work. He struck out seven. His ERA actually rose from 2.05 to 2.09, but he still leads Clayton Kershaw in that category, so in your face and your 37-inning scoreless streak.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Mets starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 11 9.4
Curveball 8 6.8
Fourseam 36 30.8
Two-seam 46 39.3
Slider 16 13.7

Jacob deGrom Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Curveball Fourseam Two Seam Slider
Ball 4 6 13 8 7
Called Strike 0 0 7 11 3
Swinging Strike 4 0 1 3 1
Foul 3 1 9 17 1
In play, no out 0 0 1 2 2
In play, out(s) 0 1 5 4 1
In play, run(s) 0 0 0 1

Jacob deGrom Pitches by Outcome


Pitch Type Min (mph) Mean (mph) Max (mph)
Changeup 84.7 85.6 86.3
Curveball 79.9 82.8 84.8
Fourseam 93.4 95.5 97.9
Two-seam 86.7 94.3 97.2
Slider 86.2 89.6 91.9

Jacob deGrom Pitch Velocities

Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:

150801_JDBatterPitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150801_JDPitchPitch Location by Pitch Type


MLB Daily Heat Check


Here you’ll find information regarding the pitchers that light up the radar gun each and every night. I’ve listed for both starters and relievers the top five by average velocity and the pitchers that threw the hardest single pitch. It doesn’t equate to quality of an outing or take into consideration the end result of the pitch (sometimes really, really good fastballs go a long way), but it’s fun.

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Avg. Start Speed (mph)
Yordano Ventura Royals FF / FT 96.4 / 96.4
Bryan Mitchell Yankees FT / FF 96.01 / 95.99
Jacob deGrom Mets FF 95.5
Gerrit Cole Pirates FF 95.4
Kevin Gausman Orioles FF 95.3

Starters Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

The five fastest pitches by starting speed all belong to Yordano Ventura. Ventura nearly hit 100 and had seven pitches at 98.3 or higher. Tonight we had a few more participants in the top 10, however, as Gerrit Cole and Kevin Gausman both showed off their arms.

The relievers are listed below:

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Start Speed
Jeurys Familia Mets FF 99.2
Kelvin Herrera Royals FF / FT 99.1 / 98.6
Bruce Rondon Tigers FF 98.5
Jose Diaz Reds FF 98.1
Carter Capps Marlins FF 97.4

Relievers Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

Last night the separation throughout the top 10 was little closer. Kelvin Herrera was the only one who topped 100, hitting 101.3, but Jeurys Familia hit 99.8 and Bruce Rondon and Carter Capps topped 99 as well.

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