Jacob deGrom didn’t pitch long, but long enough to show why teams would salivate for the chance to get him if the Mets were to put him on the market.
The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year struck out the side in the fifth inning, and needed only ten pitches to do it.
Overpowering is too tame a word. He was nasty. He was filthy. He was special. He was so good that Madison Bumgarner, who is pretty special himself, waited on him when he returned to the dugout with a drink of water.
“He’s a nice guy,’’ the typically understated deGrom said of Bumgarner during a between-innings interview.
DeGrom also said, “I remember being nervous running out there, but not much else.’’
Even so, he gave Mets’ fans a memory that will rank among the franchise’s best in All-Star history as he joined Dwight Gooden as the only Amazin’ to strike out the side (in 1984).
The others on that list are:
2013: Matt Harvey throwing two scoreless innings at Citi Field.
2012: R.A. Dickey tossing a scoreless inning.
2010: David Wright getting two hits and a stolen base.
2006: David Wright homering.
1979: Lee Mazzilli hitting a pinch-hit homer in the eighth to tie the game and drawing a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to drive in the game winner.
1967: Tom Seaver earning the save in a 15-inning game.
1964: Ron Hunt became the first Met selected and collected a single in his first at-bat in the game played at Shea Stadium.