New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom appears to be on his way to a third National League Cy Young Award, compiling an 0.31 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 29 innings in his first four starts of the 2021 season. He’s also helping himself at the plate, batting .545 with two RBI. As it turns out, some pitchers can hit.
On our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss deGrom’s dominance, the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers continuing to give us MLB’s best rivalry, and Madison Bumgarner not being credited with a no-hitter despite allowing no hits in a seven-inning (shortened for a doubleheader) ballgame.
We didn’t have time to fit this in, but there was more trash talk between Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trevor Bauer over accusations that Tatis was peeking back at the catcher to get the sign for which pitch Bauer was throwing. Judge for yourself from the video:
I think I agree with the consensus that Tatis looked back too late to get the sign, but he may have seen where catcher Austin Barnes set up to determine if the pitch would be outside or inside. Is that cheating? To an extent, maybe. But it’s on the catcher to make sure the hitter can’t see signs or set-ups before the pitch is thrown.
You can listen to The WISE Guys from 3 to 6 p.m. ET streaming on wisesportsradio.com (courtesy of Mars Hill University) or the TuneIn app. Locally in the Asheville area, dial up 1310 or 970 AM and 102.9 FM. And thanks to Happy Hill Restaurant for sponsoring the MLB segment.