Mets ace Jacob deGrom has reached the pinnacle of pitching, from an individual standpoint, two years in a row.
But as he looks to potentially take home his third straight NL Cy Young Award, putting him in rarefied air, deGrom is also focused on team success, and he believes the 2020 Mets are as good as anyone in the NL East.
"I think we're right there at the top," deGrom said on Wednesday's Mets Hot Stove. "Great rotation, a lot of depth, really good position players. You look at it, our plan is to win the East and win the World Series, so everybody in there Is pulling in that direction, and you got a good group of guys doing that. I think we've got a good shot."
DeGrom has been on a different level the past two seasons, pitching to a 2.05 ERA with 524 strikeouts over 421.0 innings in 64 starts.
But he still believes there's plenty to work on in his game.
"I constantly still feel like I'm trying to get better," deGrom said. "I'm constantly learning from the people I'm around and trying to find ways to improve and ways to get batters out. So I feel like for me it's still a work in progress. Each year is a new year, so you've got to go out there and continue to compete.
"Baseball's a tough game. You're going to have good ones, you're going have bad ones. I think it's just how you handle them and how you bounce back. I think the past couple years I've just tried to control what I can control, and that's the pitch that I'm about to make. I always refer back to these three starts I had last year where I don't think I did a good job doing that. I kind of let things spiral out of control for three games, and then kind of got back into that mindset of that pitch that I'm about to throw."
Much like deGrom, Noah Syndergaard has high hopes for the Mets heading into spring training.
Appearing on Wednesday's Mets Hot Stove, Syndergaard explained how he likes the mix of youth and experience on the current roster.
"We have a team full of really youthful talent but also a lot of veteran leadership and also just a lot of guys who are being told that they can't do something," said Syndergaard. "With Jake, there's critics out there saying he can't win a third Cy Young, or people coming out saying Pete (Alonso), you can't have another repeat year, or people coming out and asking me when I'm going to have my breakout season. So we have a lot guys who have a lot of chips on their shoulders."
Syndergaard also spoke about his relationship with Wilson Ramos, whom he continues to build chemistry with during their second spring training together in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
"Right now I'd say our relationship is really solid," said Syndergaard. "The last three times I've been off the mound, he's been there catching me. We're just working on continuing to build that relationship and that comfortability, and I'm excited for both of us this year."
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