New York Mets Pitcher Jacob deGrom has just shattered a 108-year-old Major League Baseball pitching record.
When it comes to a game like baseball, where literally every move a player makes can be quantified into a statistical database, records are not just part of the game--they are the game. And it's not often that one of those records will stand for more than a century before being broken.
Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets now has the honor of breaking one of those 100-year-old records. Longer than that actually--it’s 108 years old, set in the heady days of 1910. Legendary pitcher Leslie “King” Cole was the previous player to start 25 games with 3 or fewer earned runs per start. That record would stand for over a century until Tuesday night when the Mets played the Miami Marlins.
It was a losing effort for the Mets, but a victory for deGrom. After pitching seven innings, deGrom achieved 9 strikeouts and three hits with two runs scored. That constituted his 26th start with 3 or fewer earned runs and earned him his place in the history of the MLB.
Jacob deGrom is officially done after seven innings and two runs. He allows three or fewer runs for the 26th consecutive start, breaking Leslie "King" Cole's single-season Major League record.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 12, 2018
That mark stood for 108 years.
Despite deGrom’s incredible performance, it was still a losing effort for the Mets. The Marlins achieved a 2-run lead in the 4th inning on those three hits and never relented. The Mets managed to scrape out a run in the 6th inning, but three more Marlin runs in the 8th and 9th sealed the deal. The Marlins won with a score of 5-3.
The last time deGrom allowed more than 3 runs was also against the Marlins back on April 10th, with 4 players crossing the plate on his watch.
Back in 1910, Cole finished his season 20-4, while deGrom sits at 8-9 in 2018 so far. However, no one will blame deGrom for the Mets poor fortune. During his 26 game run, he had an ERA of just 1.45. His 2018 stats have deGrom at an ERA of 1.71 thanks to Tuesday’s loss.