Jacob deGrom doesn't like himself when he's angry.
The Mets ace on Thursday credited his Cy Young-winning season -- one of the best in MLB history -- to his ability to stay calm and collected on the mound in 2018.
"Looking back on previous seasons there were always a couple starts that I let get out of hand," deGrom told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Thursday. "Looking at how that happened, watching film, I noticed how I kind of got angry and let that sneak up on me. I would let the game get out of hnad. [This past season] I was trying to concentrate on when runners got on, slowing the game down a little bit, taking my time, focusing on how I wanted to get that batter out.
"In 2017 I found myself looking at film watching myself get angry," he added. "Apparently I don't pitch very well when I'm angry."
With his temper cooled, deGrom was consistently remarkable this past season, leading the majors with a 1.70 ERA after recording a 3.53 ERA in 2017. He finished with 29 of 30 first-place votes for NL Cy Young on Wednesday, joining R.A. Dickey, Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden as the fourth Mets pitcher to win the award.
DeGrom also became the first pitcher in major-league history to record an ERA under 2.00 while striking out at least 260 batters, issuing fewer than 50 walks, and allowing 10 homers or fewer.
As for his future in Queens, deGrom reiterated that he enjoys playing with the Mets, whose new general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, is now his former agent.
"If [the Mets] come at me it's just going to be a decision I have to make," he said on WFAN. "I love the idea of playing in New York."
"In terms of the long-term stuff, I haven't really thought about it," he added. "Yesterday was the day I was looking forward to. I continue to have an open line of communication with the Mets. Now that Brodie [Van Wagenen]'s the GM there will continue to be an open line."
SNY's Andy Martino has predicted that the two sides will begin talking about a new deal next month.