deGrom reacts to first major league win

June, 21, 2014
Jun 21
MIAMI -- Jacob deGrom had two authenticated baseballs in his locker that were used in his first major league win.

Was one the game's final pitch, delivered by Jenrry Mejia to complete a 4-0 victory against the Miami Marlins on Saturday?

J. Pat Carter/Associated PressJacob deGrom tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday.

DeGrom wasn't quite sure.

"I don't know which ones they are," deGrom said. "They were ones that were in the game, because they've got the sticker on them. That's fine with me."

DeGrom, making his eighth major league start, tossed seven scoreless innings. With his family having traveled to Marlins Park from his native Daytona, Fla., for his outing, the rookie -- two days after his 26th birthday -- limited the Marlins to five hits and three walks.

He rebounded from his shakiest outing as a Met, when he allowed six runs on 12 hits and two walks in St. Louis on Monday.

The difference?

"I think just the way I was attacking hitters," deGrom said. "... I was going right after them today, and felt good and was locating the ball well."

DeGrom made a minor mechanical adjustment, too, just in case he was tipping pitches.

The angle of his right, bare hand in his glove was not consistent at the start of his delivery. New hitting coach Lamar Johnson noticed the inconsistency, although deGrom wasn't sure the hand angle was based on what type of pitch he planned to throw (which would alert a hitter), or if it was just random and not hinting at what was coming.

As for whether he had any frustration in waiting for his first win, deGrom said: "As a starter, that's what you want. To finally get it feels good. I was hoping to get it. I wouldn't say it was bothering me. I was hoping to get it. It feels good to have one now."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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