Jacob deGrom is gunning for Mike Trout.
The New York Mets righthander with the wild mop of hair said that of all the players on the American League team he could face on Tuesday in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, he’d relish the challenge of going high-and-tight against the Angels' less shaggy superstar.
“He’s a great hitter. I think it’d be fun to face him and try to get him out,” deGrom said with a smile.
DeGrom is the lone Mets representative on the National League squad for the Midsummer Classic, with a 9-6 record, 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. With Washington’s Max Scherzer ruled out for the starting assignment after pitching on Sunday, deGrom is in the conversation to be tabbed. The Dodgers’ Zack Greinke, now 8-2 with a 1.39 ERA, is the probable choice.
“If I did get to start, it would be a lot of fun,” deGrom said.