News: 6 days agoDeGrom expects to be ready to throw 100 pitches on Opening Day, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Spin: The Mets' ace intends to ramp up to 85 pitches in his final outing before the start of the regular season, putting him in striking distance of 100 pitches for his first start of the year. Pitchers will likely be entering this season in widely varying stages of readiness based on how well they were able to stay in shape while play was paused, with many starters unlikely to pitch long enough to earn a win in their first start or two of the year. That doesn't seem like it will apply to deGrom, however, which bodes well for his value heading into the campaign.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Who needs wins? Now the back-to-back National League Cy Young award recipient, deGrom won no more than 11 times in either year, showing that most everyone recognizes the folly of individual pitcher wins nowadays. Yes, they're a category in rotisserie leagues, and yes, they're worth five points in ESPN's standard points leagues. That said, he was a top-six finisher in both formats in each of the past two seasons regardless, and he's coming off a 2019 second half in which he went 10-of-14 in quality starts with seven wins, a 1.44 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and a 33% strikeout rate. There's no question that deGrom is an ace at the top of his game, with no imminent sign of a decline coming despite his 31 years of age. Frankly, he probably would be the first pitcher off every 2020 draft board if not for that win-potential disparity as well as the 39-K difference (using 2018-19 combined numbers) between him and Gerrit Cole.