Both Cole and deGrom have strong compelling arguments for the best starting pitcher in New York. Sorry Yankees fans but in what seems to be a reoccurring theme, Cole gets edged out again and while sporting fewer wins than his contemporaries, Degrom gets crowned king.
In addition to leading the entire MLB in multiple key statistical categories and winning consecutive NL Cy Young Awards, deGrom wins this contest for an important reason that isn’t found in the box score and players can’t win an award for. Mental toughness and resilience.
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Can anyone imagine the pressure a starting pitcher must be under stepping on the mound every five days, knowing you have no room for error because your team isn’t going to score many runs, and every run you give up is costly? That’s what its been like for deGrom virtually his whole career but he’s always brilliant when he steps off the rubber.
Over the last two years, Cole has enjoyed the comfort of pitching with an average of 6.3 runs of support per start. It could go even higher with the New York Yankees. At the same time, deGrom has been backed by 3.8 runs of support per start, well below the MLB average of 4.64 runs per game over that same span.
When you factor in everything together, and this is no slight on Cole, the choice is pretty obvious, DeGrominator for the win.
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