Another broken fastball pitcher… Is Texas’ Gambling on DeGrom a Failure?
The ‘gamble’ of the Texas Rangers, which was bet on Jacob deGrom (34), is about to fail. This is because deGrom complained of pain again during the game and voluntarily pitched for the second time this season토토사이트.
DeGrom started on the 29th (Korean time) in a home game against the New York Yankees of the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA.
It was in the 4th inning, when the score was 5-0, that deGrom’s body signaled something wrong. DeGrom, who allowed a left-handed hit to Yankees’ Willie Calhoun, got off the mound and hung his head, limping.
Accordingly, the Texas coaching staff hurriedly climbed the mound to check his condition, and eventually replaced him with Dane Dunning.
The Texas team refrained from talking about deGrom’s physical condition, saying that it was to prevent injury. Fortunately, the game ended with Texas winning 5-2.
DeGrom threw 52 pitches that day, striking out 2 with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 3⅔ innings.
Being ill with deGrom is not a matter of a day or two. He was naturally followed by the disgrace of ‘glass body’.
DeGrom made a name for himself as the MLB’s best fastball pitcher by winning the Cy Young Award in 2018 and 2019, but since 2020 he has been constantly plagued by injuries big and small.
He has injured various parts such as elbow and side muscles in the past three years, and last season, he only played 11 games due to shoulder pain.
Nevertheless, Texas signed deGrom, who qualified as a free agent after last season, for a five-year contract worth $185 million. It was a kind of gamble.
At the Texas initiation ceremony, deGrom said, “I will pitch in at least 30 games every year during the term of his contract,” as if he was conscious of the people around him.
However, Texas is also getting more and more nervous about the second voluntarily pitching this season.