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Helping Cy shot, deGrom drops ERA to 1.77; Mets top Nats 4-2

No pitcher ever has put together a season quite like Jacob deGrom's 2018 for the New York Mets.

The 23 consecutive quality starts are a record. So are the 28 starting assignments in a row allowing three runs or fewer. The 1.77 ERA isn't too shabby, either.

And he might just wind up with the fewest wins for a starting pitcher who earns a Cy Young Award, too. Boosting his bid for the NL honor, deGrom broke a quality-starts mark first established by Bob Gibson a half-century ago, allowing one run and three singles in seven innings to help the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday night.

"He's just getting better and better. He's a special ballplayer. He...

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