Former Mets All-Star Dwight Gooden knows what it takes to win a Cy Young, which is why he couldn't get enough of Jacob deGrom this past season.
DeGrom had one of the most dominating seasons by a starting pitcher in history, and rightfully so, he won the National League Cy Young. The righty posted a 1.70 ERA with 269 strikeouts over 217 innings, while shattering the stigma around a pitcher's record showing the whole picture about pitcher success. DeGrom only posted a 10-9 record, as the Mets' offense wasn't much help during the season.
Whenever the 30-year-old took the mound, Gooden was watching. He made sure to revolve his schedule around deGrom's turn in the rotation.
"It was a great time watching him," Gooden, who will present deGrom his award at the annual baseball writer's dinner on Jan. 26, told "I used to mark down every fifth day when he would pitch to make sure that I got those days open and available where I could watch him."
Gooden would have loved to see more games where the Mets produced more run support for deGrom. But he also loved watching deGrom come through in the close ones, too.
"Obviously, I'm a little biased, and a little old school, but I like the 2-1 ballgames," he said. "Watching him pitch every fifth day and what he did on a consistent basis was just truly amazing."
DeGrom's season, though, didn't beat Gooden's Cy Young season back in 1985. He had a 24-4 record with a 1.53 ERA, 16 complete games, and 268 strikeouts over 276.2 innings.