Jacob deGrom makes a rehab start during a game with the Daytona Tortugas in Daytona Beach, Friday, July 8, 2022. Degrom Daytona03

The New York Mets have been one of baseball’s best teams in 2022 even though Jacob deGrom has missed the entire season. But the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner will soon return to New York’s rotation.

Buck Showalter had previously said that deGrom would return next week. Now, we have a specific date.  It was announced on Saturday that deGrom will make his season debut on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.

When healthy, deGrom is arguably MLB’s best pitcher — and the argument against him may not be that strong. Since 2018, he’s posted a 1.94 ERA, 0.881 WHIP a 12.0 K/9 rate and a 1.8 BB/9 mark. He hasn’t thrown a Major League pitch in over a year. But before getting hurt in 2021, deGrom had a 1.08 ERA, 0.554 WHIP, a 14.3 K/9 rate and a BB/9 ratio of only 1.1.

He’s a stud. News of his return was met with a lot of excitement from the MLB world.

deGrom’s return gives the Mets a starting rotation that opposing hitters won’t be excited to face.

Entering Saturday’s game, the Mets sat at 62-37, putting them three games ahead of the Atlanta Braves for the National League East lead. Finally having the 1-2 punch of deGrom and Max Scherzer atop the rotation will make New York hard to catch and probably even harder to defeat in a short postseason series.

[Mike Puma]

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