The New York Mets currently have the second-best record in all of Major League Baseball. They are on pace to win more than 100 games for the first time in over three decades and are a real threat to make it back to the World Series, something the team last did back in 2015. What’s perhaps most remarkable about the Mets’ success in 2022 is that they accomplished most of that without the help of two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. deGrom missed the first four months of the season dealing with a shoulder injury but returned in August and seemingly hasn’t missed a beat. In his most recent outing against the rival Philadelphia Phillies, the 34-year-old ace was dominant, striking out 10 batters on just 76 pitches while allowing just two hits and zero walks in six innings of an eventual 1-0 Mets win. With deGrom returning to form, the Mets can roll out a postseason rotation highlighted by the two-headed monster of deGrom and Max Scherzer, followed by Chris Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco, or Taijuan Walker. That should leave the Amazins’ and their fans giddy with anticipation while leaving the other NL playoff teams shaking in their boots.
Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. The Mets have two of baseball’s preeminent strikeout artists under one roof in deGrom and Scherzer, who combined have seven seasons with 250+ Ks between them. So with that in mind, how many MLB pitchers with 250+ K’s in a season since 2000 can you name in five minutes?