Social media reacted to New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom striking out nine batters in a row in Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
The New York Mets‘ past two games have been postponed due to inclement weather, bringing their grand total of canceled games to six. The Mets had luck on Saturday, as they officially began their road series against the Colorado Rockies. Luckily for them, they had ace Jacob deGrom taking the mound.
During said game, deGrom struck out nine consecutive Rockies batters to bring him one short of tying the record set by Mets legend Tom Seaver (10). Unfortunately for deGrom, he fell just short of it in the bottom of the fifth inning after Rockies third baseman Josh Fuentes reached first on a throwing error by second baseman Jeff McNeil.
Jacob deGrom has struck out 9 consecutive batters. He's the 9th pitcher in MLB history to do so within a game. Tom Seaver has the record with 10 in a row.
deGrom also has his 48th career 10-strikeout game, 2nd-most in Mets history, behind only Tom Seaver (60) pic.twitter.com/7Y4uu3eG4r
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 17, 2021
Jacob deGrom, 7th, 8th & 9th Ks in a Row.
They need a new league just for him. This isn't fair. pic.twitter.com/7u0y9Sb19u
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 17, 2021
Jacob deGrom's streak of strikeouts ends at nine. Tom Seaver's record is safe (for at least another five days).
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) April 17, 2021
Jacob deGrom is the 9th pitcher to strike out at least 9 straight batters in a game, joining:
1970 Tom Seaver (10)
2020 Tyler Alexander
2015 Max Scherzer
2012 Doug Fister
2012 Aaron Harang
2009 Ricky Nolasco
2007 Jake Peavy
1884 Mickey Welch
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 17, 2021
Jacob deGrom couldn't match Tom Seaver's streak of 10 consecutive strikeouts. His own streak ends at nine, making him one of eight pitchers to accomplish that feat.
Still, nine straight strikeouts. Wow: pic.twitter.com/lg60Br2ors
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 17, 2021
— NYM MIKE (@NymMike1) April 17, 2021
Every other pitcher ever: COORS IS A DEATH TRAP
Jacob deGrom: here's nine consecutive strikeouts and counting
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) April 17, 2021
The only guys that can rattle Jacob deGrom are his teammates
— Evan Roberts (@EvanRobertsWFAN) April 17, 2021
Mets: Jacob deGrom loses out on consecutive strikeout record, but still impresses vs. Rockies
With this nod, deGrom is now the ninth pitcher in MLB history to record nine consecutive strikeouts in a game, joining the likes of Max Scherzer, Jake Peavy and most recently Tyler Alexander.
After just missing out on tying the consecutive strikeouts record, the Mets got themselves in a jam. The Rockies scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI triple from catcher Dom Nunez, a sacrifice fly from pinch hitter Yonathan Daza and a solo home run by outfielder Raimel Tapia.
The good news for deGrom is that all of those runs were unearned and the Mets came back to win 4-3 in their first game of the Saturday doubleheader. deGrom left the game after six innings logged, where he struck out a ridiculous 14 batters. To make matters that much more interesting, this is the second consecutive game in which deGrom recorded 14 strikeouts! He is simply on another level.
While deGrom missed out on joining Seaver in the history books, there is still plenty of time left for him to accomplish that feat. Given his play so far this season, we like his chances.