Class is forever. Jacob deGrom (35, Texas Rangers) showed perfect pitching until the top of the 4th inning, washing away his sluggish debut.
DeGrom started the game against the Baltimore Orioles in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on the 6th (Korean time).
During the off-season, deGrom signed a five-year free agent (free agent) contract worth $185 million (approximately 242 billion won) with the Texas Rangers. The club expected a lot from deGrom. Injuries are frequent, but he couldn’t ignore his illustrious career, winning two Cy Young awards.스포츠토토
DeGrom performed sluggishly in his Texas debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 1st. He was shaken with 6 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 7 strikeouts and 5 runs in 3⅔ innings. He had many concerns, but he proved his class in two races.
On this day, deGrom overpowered the opponent’s lineup with a fastball that reached the maximum speed of 100 miles per hour (about 161 km). He showed perfect pitching by not allowing a single batter to step on first base until the top of the 4th inning.
He faltered a little in the top of the fifth. After allowing a double to lead hitter Ryan Mountcastle, he faced a crisis due to overlapping walks and selection of fielders. He gave up 2 runs, but again found stability in the top of the 6th inning and recorded a quality start (3 earned runs or less in 6 starting innings). The last ball showed off a strong pitch until the end, as much as 99 miles (about 159 km).
DeGrom’s final score was 6 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts and 2 runs. He helped the team win 5-2, their first win since moving to Texas.
After the game, deGrom said in an interview with local media such as ‘NBC 5 Dallas’, “I confirmed that my slider was good at the beginning of the game, and I threw the ball evenly inside and outside.” There is room for improvement,” he said.
Meanwhile, Texas escaped a two-game losing streak thanks to deGrom’s good pitching. The season record is 4 wins and 2 losses.