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Jacob deGrom scouting report

What makes Jacob deGrom so dominant this season? Using statistics and PITCHf/x data from his starts, we break down the Mets' reigning Rookie of the Year, who is scheduled to pitch on Friday night against the Braves at Turner Field.

ARSENAL

The righthander features a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball,
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The righthander features a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, slider, cutter and change-up. He throws the four-seam fastball 47 percent of the time, the two-seamer 15 percent, the slider nearly 19 percent, the cutter nine percent and the change-up about 10 percent.

HIGH HEAT AND LOW HEAT

The four-seam and two-seam fastballs utilized by deGrom
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The four-seam and two-seam fastballs utilized by deGrom have increased a tick in velocity this season. In 2014, deGrom's two-seamer averaged 93.2 mph. This year, that number is up to 94.4 mph. His four-seam fastball has increased from 93.5 mph to 94.5 mph.

REPETOIRE TWEAK

The percentage of each pitch thrown by deGrom
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The percentage of each pitch thrown by deGrom has changed little from 2014 to 2015, with two noticeable exceptions. His slider use has increased from 16.6 percent to 18.7 percent and his changeup has decreased from 12.2 percent to 9.7 percent.

IN THE ZONE

Excellent control has become a hallmark for deGrom.
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Excellent control has become a hallmark for deGrom. He fired a first-pitch strike 62.8 percent of the time in 2014. That number has risen to 65.8 percent in 2015. National League starting pitchers average a 61.8 percent first-pitch strike rate.

SOFT CONTACT

The percentage of hard-hit balls in play against
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The percentage of hard-hit balls in play against deGrom has fallen from 31.8 percent in 2014 to 27.3 percent in 2015. Medium-hit balls, however, are up about five percent to 56.4 percent and softly hit balls fell from 17 to 16.3 percent. NL starters are averaging 29.8 percent hard contact against, 51.9 percent medium contact and 18.4 soft contact.

SOPHOMORE SURGE

Though he won the NL Rookie of the
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Though he won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2014, deGrom has improved on most numbers from last year, when he made 22 starts for the Mets. His current 2.33 ERA bests the 2.69 ERA that helped him win ROY, he's striking out 9.5 hitters per nine innings (up from 9.2) and walking only 1.8 (down from 2.7). NL starters are averaging 7.4 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 with a 4.01 ERA.

K KING

In 13 starts, deGrom has struck out more
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In 13 starts, deGrom has struck out more hitters than innings pitched six times. He's hit double-digit strikeouts twice, fanning 10 in seven innings against Arizona on June 7 and striking out 11 in eight innings against St. Louis on May 21.

IN CONTROL

Twice this season, deGrom has allowed two or
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Twice this season, deGrom has allowed two or fewer hits in a game. On May 21, he gave up one hit in eight innings against the Cardinals. On June 1, he allowed two hits in eight innings against the Padres. He didn't walk a batter during either start.

WALK THIS WAY

Batters can expect to have to earn their
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Batters can expect to have to earn their way on base against deGrom. He's issued one or zero walks in eight starts and two walks in three others. His season-high is four walks allowed in five innings against the Cubs on May 11.

DECISIONS

In all 13 of his starts this year,
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In all 13 of his starts this year, deGrom has lasted at least the five innings necessary for a starting pitcher to earn a decision. He's gone seven or more innings in seven games and is 7-4 overall.

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