DeGrom (7-3) allowed just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters through eight innings during Saturday's win over the Giants. It's always reassuring when a high-end hurler cruises against a weak opponent, and that's exactly what deGrom accomplished Saturday. There have been a few hiccups along the way, which has his ratios higher -- 3.71 ERA and 1.27 WHIP -- than fantasy owners would like, but he's also sporting a career-high 10.5 K/9. DeGrom is one of the rare set-and-forget starting pitchers and has now allowed just two earned runs in 25 innings over his last three starts.
DeGrom (6-3) surrendered one unearned run over eight innings in Sunday's win over the Nationals, allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. DeGrom encountered a bit of bad luck in the first inning, allowing a run after an error and a passed ball put Brian Goodwin in position to score in a sacrifice fly. He settled down to great effect thereafter, allowing just three singles and a pair of walks over the following seven frames. This stellar outing for deGrom came on the heels of a complete game victory over the Cubs earlier in the week -- an excellent way to rebound after he had allowed 15 runs across eight innings in his two previous starts. The right-hander's ERA has been trimmed down to a more tolerable 3.94 for the season, and he will look to continue his dominance in a favorable matchup against the Giants on Friday.
DeGrom (5-3) surrendered one run in a complete-game victory Monday against the Cubs, allowing five hits and four walks with six strikeouts. DeGrom kept the ball down to great effect in this one, as he induced a whopping 17 groundball outs, with his only real mistake on the night coming in the form of a solo home run by Addison Russell in the seventh inning. The walk total was among his highest of the season, but he still threw 69 percent of his pitches for strikes en route to his first complete game since last July. This dominating performance was especially welcome for deGrom and his fantasy owners because he had allowed 15 earned runs over his previous eight innings, and he'll look to carry this momentum into Sunday's matchup with the Nationals.
DeGrom (4-3) was rocked for eight runs on 10 hits in Tuesday's 10-8 loss to the Rangers. He struck out two and walked one. The outing pushed the righty's ERA to 4.75 and WHIP to 1.44 -- never-before-seen numbers from a guy whose career-worst ERA was last season's 3.04. DeGrom is having a bizarre season, as his velocity is up and his strikeout rate is easily a career high (although he didn't miss many bats this time around), but his walk rate's risen too and he's been rather prone to the long ball. If there's a silver lining for deGrom, it's his 3.18 xFIP, which suggests he's gotten unlucky in many regards. Still, considering that he's been ripped for 15 runs over eight innings in his last two starts, fantasy owners should approach deGrom with some degree of trepidation heading into Sunday's start in Atlanta.
DeGrom (4-2) got blown up to the tune of seven runs on eight hits and five walks over four innings in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers. He struck out six. This marks the third time in 2017 that deGrom has issued five or more walks in a start -- something he didn't do even once in either of the last two seasons. His massive spike in strikeouts (now 92 in 68 innings) certainly helps compensate for that decline in control, but the results have not been great for the 28-year-old righty, as he's now sitting on a 3.97 ERA and 1.37 WHIP -- both easily career worsts. However, he also holds career highs in BABIP (.338) and HR/FB (18.2 percent), suggesting that deGrom has been the victim of some bad luck.
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