Umps Search Jacob deGrom for Sticky Substances After Dominant First Inning

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In addition to June 21 being the first day of Summer, it’s also the first day where MLB umpires will be checking pitchers for sticky substances. The first pitcher to get that treatment is arguably theist pitcher in baseball. Umpires inspect deGrom’s glove, hat, and belt following a dominant first inning, where he recorded two strikes and touched 101 on the radar gun.

If you haven’t been paying attention, sticky substances have become the major storyline of the early MLB season. Pitchers have been accused of using rosin, sunscreen, and other substances to enhance their grip on the baseball, which allows them to generate additional spin when pitching. The higher spin rate leads to pitches that are tougher to hit, and it is at least partly responsible for the reduced offensive numbers to start the year. By cracking down on the sticky substances, the MLB is hoping to increase the number of balls put in play.

For the record, deGrom’s substance check came back clean, so the most dominant pitcher to start the season appears to be succeeding all on his own. He’s currently listed at +200 to win the NL MVP on FanDuel Sportsbook, making him the co-favorite alongside Fernando Tatis Jr.

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