Jacob deGrom is only 27 years old, that's a great age to be when you're developing into one of the best pitchers in baseball. Right now, this young pitcher is on the doorstep of becoming rich because of the game of baseball, he's making just above the Major League salary minimum which is $507,500 - deGrom is at $556,875 for 2015.
Jacob is under team control until 2018 when he is arbitration eligible, that doesn't mean that the Mets might not want to dangle some serious cash in front of him to keep him happy well before then. Take a look at the other Mets potential superstar pitcher, Matt Harvey, who is making $614K this year, the Mets days of cheap really good pitching is over after this season with the Dark Knight, as Harvey is called, he is arbitration eligible after this year and his agent just happens to be Scott Boras.
Back to Jacob, Mr. deGrom is going up against the Phillies tonight, and he's bringing his season 1.98 ERA up against some younger Phillies that would love to see that average taken a little higher.
Did I mention that deGrom was the Rookie of the Year last year in the NL? Yes, he was.
A quick look at deGrom's record and you can see that he has 6 losses this year to go along with his 12 wins, so he's not invincible. He hasn't lost a game since July 2nd though, but looking at his losses a couple were from the Washington Nationals, and 2 losses to the Chicago Cubs and his last game that he lost was back in early July, against those same Cubs.The loss back then happened when the Cubs swept the Mets at New York culminating with the deGrom loss on the last game of the series.
Will some of the Phillies that have been crushing the ball lately show up tonight at home to show the home town fans and of course deGrom himself, that they are the next up and coming stars of the National League? We'll see later tonight at Citizens Bank Park.