Jacob deGrom is one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. He showed off his wheels Friday night.
The Mets pitcher stole the first base of his career, easily swiping second base with one out in the third inning of Friday’s matchup against new Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish.
After deGrom singled to lead off the inning, he took a nice lead from first base with Asdrubal Cabrera as the plate. He took off as Darvish, the former Rangers pitcher who was making his Dodgers debut, delivered a strike. DeGrom easily beat the throw of Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal.
DeGrom is just the second pitcher this season with a stolen base after Cubs pitcher Jon Lester swiped a bag earlier in the season. DeGrom is the first Mets pitcher with a stolen base since Oliver Perez had a stolen base in 2008. The Mets failed to score in the third inning as the Dodgers held a 2-0 lead.