New York Mets: Rookie of the Year

Sizing up deGrom's ROY competition

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USA TODAY SportsBilly Hamilton, Jacob deGrom and Gregory Polanco should be NL Rookie of the Year candidates.
NEW YORK -- The Mets have produced four NL Rookie of the Year winners: Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984).

Could a 30-year drought be coming to an end?

Jacob deGrom added to his résumé on Sunday by tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The 26-year-old deGrom has won four straight outings to improve to 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 14 starts. A former college shortstop, he also has a .250 batting average.

There are two months left in the season, so plenty of time exists for things to sort themselves out.

At the very least, deGrom can begin by getting consideration for NL Rookie of the Month for July. In five starts this month, deGrom went 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA. He produced 38 strikeouts and walked seven in 32 1/3 innings.

The July competition?

No other NL rookie starting pitcher has produced more than two wins this month. And that’s San Diego’s Jesse Hahn, who is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts so far in July. (Of course, Jeurys Familia has excelled out of the bullpen.)

So the July challenge may come on the position-player side, with Arizona’s David Peralta, St. Louis’ Kolten Wong, Atlanta’s Tommy La Stella, Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and the Mets’ Travis d'Arnaud and all having sound months.

• Wong has hit .315 with five homers in 50 at-bats this month.

• La Stella is hitting .296 with nine RBIs in 81 at-bats.

• Peralta is hitting .347 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 72 at-bats.

• Hamilton has 12 RBIs and seven steals in July, albeit with a .256 average

So far, the NL Rookie of the Month winners have gone to Chris Owings in April, Wong in May and Hamilton in June.

Owings (.277, 6 HR, 21 RBIs, 238 ABs) has been out since June 25 with a left shoulder strain.

Meanwhile, Gregory Polanco got off to a torrid start with Pittsburgh. He currently is hitting .247 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 162 at-bats on the season.

One impediment to deGrom winning the annual award could be an innings cap. He even could be briefly reassigned to the bullpen at some point. Sandy Alderson has said deGrom should get about 185 innings this season, which leaves only 59 2/3 to go.

One positive: Unlike recent seasons (Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper) and unlike the AL this year (Jose Abreu), there is no dominant NL candidate.

So deGrom at least has a fighting chance.

Ike finishes seventh in ROY balloting

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Ike Davis received two third-place votes in NL Rookie of the Year balloting announced on Monday afternoon.

He became the first Met to appear on a ballot since Kazuo Matsui in 2004. By appearing third on two ballots and netting two points, he had the best finish by a Met since Jay Payton finished third with 37 points in 2000, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Buster Posey won, being placed first on 20 of the 32 ballots. Jason Heyward received nine first-place votes and finished second. Gaby Sanchez (two) and Jaime Garcia (one) also received first-place votes.

Jon Niese and Hisanori Takahashi both were eligible from the Mets.

Davis finished with 19 homers, tied with Ron Swoboda for second on the franchise's all-time rookie list, trailing only Darryl Strawberry (26 in 1983). He also finished second on the franchise's all-time rookie RBI list with 71, tied with Ty Wigginton's 2003 production, and three shy of Strawberry's record. With 72 walks, Davis finished second among NL rookies and tied Lee Mazzilli's franchise rookie record, which Maz produced in 1977. Davis also was second on the franchise's rookie doubles list with 33, trailing only Wigginton (36).

Davis' two third-place votes came from USA Today's Paul White (Heyward-Posey-Davis) and Sports Nippon's Yuka Kobayashi (Posey-Heyward-Davis).

Ike admires Marlins counterpart

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Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez is making a case for National League Rookie of the Year. And Ike Davis is among those heaping praise on his Florida counterpart.

Sanchez's three-run homer in the eighth off Elmer Dessens was the deciding blow in the Marlins' 5-2 win against the Mets on Tuesday.

Sanchez leads NL rookies with 81 RBIs. The rest of the leaders:

Jason Heyward, Atlanta, 71
Davis, Mets, 69
Ian Desmond, Washington, 61
Buster Posey, San Francisco, 61
Neil Walker, Pittsburgh, 58
Tyler Colvin, Chicago, 56
Mike Stanton, Florida, 50

"He looks like he's got a good plan at the plate," Davis said about Sanchez. "He stays in there really well, and he's a tough out."

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