New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is producing a season for the ages and is currently responsible for a ridiculous 0.56 ERA and 0.53 WHIP, league bests for those categories according to ESPN stats.
Bettors are taking notice.
As of Monday afternoon, BetOnline.ag listed deGrom as the favorite at +200 to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award, ahead of San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (+225). To compare, Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is +100 to earn American League MVP honors.
“He goes out every game and just shuts the other team down,” second director of trading for William Hill U.S. Adam Pullen told ESPN when speaking about deGrom. “It’s hard for people to get past that he’s not an everyday player, but he’s just so dominant. For a pitcher to win the MVP, you have to have dominant stats, and his stats are beyond amazing.”
The 32-year-old left Friday’s start against the Padres with right flexor tendinitis, but Mike Rosenstein of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com noted that deGrom remains scheduled to take the bump for Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs unless he experiences a setback during the first few days of the midweek.