Is Jacob deGrom a Video Game?

This morning I played Game 1 of the World Series in MLB The Show ’19 with Jacob deGrom on the mound. His final stat line? 9 IP, 0ER, 2H, 0 BBs and 17Ks. His stats through this season’s playoffs? 3-0, 0.84 ERA, with 44Ks over 21.1 IP and a WHIP of 0.38.

So it got me thinking, is Jacob really a video game?

– Me while pouring Coffee this morning

Full disclosure: I am not a stats guy – and generally speaking, not a gamer – so please take this post with a grain of salt. That said, here are his stats over the three seasons I’ve played (Yes, the COVID pandemic left me with lots of time to play this game. Had to get my baseball fix somehow).

MLB The Show ’19 Stats

  • 2021: 22-5, 2.48 ERA, 278 Ks, 33 BBs, 0.92 WHIP
  • 2020: 17-10, 3.74 ERA, 287 Ks, 41 BBs, 1.07 WHIP
  • 2019: 25-4, 1.92 ERA, 332 Ks, 37 BBs, 0.77 WHIP
  • Cy Young Award winner in 2019 and 2021.
  • Note for the ’20 season, I simulated most of the season because, well, I just wanted to get to the trading deadline and offseason. Sorry Jacob for screwing you out of a 3rd Cy Young Award!

deGrom’s Stats ’19 – ’21

The Verdict

The jury is still out. Members of the Palm Beach Cardinals can vouch that he’s real. Whatever the verdict, I think we can all agree we’re watching generational excellence. And that’s a OK with me. What do you think?

Listen to our next podcast episode or follow us

The next Behind the Bag podcast will drop early next week. We’ll be sure to touch on this video game debate as we recognize June birthdays (hint: Jacob is one of them). Also be sure to follow us on Twitter, where we engage with our Mets family!

Is Jacob deGrom a video game? Hard to tell with this stat line.


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