When your name is being mentioned in the same sentence as Nolan Ryan, you’ve officially reached rarified air.
New York Mets flame-thrower Jacob deGrom tied Ryan’s major league record for most strikeouts through a pitcher’s first five starts of a season — 59 — after striking out nine Red Sox hitters in six innings on Wednesday night.
In 1978, Ryan started the season with 59 strikeouts over 41 innings. DeGrom tied the record in just 35 innings.
The historic achievement was once again overshadowed by another Mets loss in which deGrom pitched well enough to earn a win. Even though deGrom didn’t have his best stuff, he still managed to give the Mets a chance as he battled to get through six innings while giving up just one run. As has become the norm for deGrom, his Mets teammates responded with another lackluster performance, managing just two hits in a 1-0 loss to Boston.
“Everybody’s out there giving 100 percent. Nobody wants to