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MLB In Full Bloom - Is Jacob deGrom The New Mets Ace? - 9/16/2014

Written by Geoff Bloom - Published on 16 September 2014

Matt Harvey is coming back to the Mets next year, but he may have competition for the role of team ace. Jacob deGrom is doing his best to take that honor, adding to his incredible rookie season with a dazzling display on Monday night. He struck out the first eight batters he faced and 13 overall while allowing three runs over seven innings Monday in a no-decision against the Marlins. DeGrom broke Pete Falcone's Mets record of six straight strikeouts to start a game and tied Jim Deshaies' modern-day record. Pitching for the Astros, Deshaies struck out eight consecutive Dodgers in 1986. With a chance to set the modern record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game, deGrom gave up a single to opposing starter Jarred Cosart in the third, ending his streak. DeGrom's 13 strikeouts were the most by a Met since Harvey had 13 on June 18, 2013 in Atlanta.