According to Patrick Wisdom of the Cubs, my instincts were right. On the Pardon My Take Podcast, Wisdom was asked 'how much it sucks' to face deGrom. "It was a major suck," Wisdom said. "It's like going into a test knowing you're going to fail. He's just going to overpower you."
I mean, I knew facing off against deGrom wouldn't be a fun task for anyone, but I didn't know he was crushing dreams before pros even step into the box. We're talking about professional hitters after all. I figured they would at least have enough confidence to think they have a fighting chance. Nope, turns out their confidence is as high as mine taking my high school chemistry exams.
No one is on deGrom's level.
"The first pitch I barely even saw," Wisdom added. "It explodes out of his hand and gains speed as it gets to the glove. It was something I've never seen before."
How does a ball pick up speed as it gets to the glove??? deGrom is out here defying physics. They're going to have to re-writer textbooks because of him. Hell, I'd actually read that chapter.
I can't decide if I want to step in the batter's box myself to experience what facing deGrom is like or count my blessings that I never have to. One thing is for sure, I count my blessing that deGrom pitches for my team.