PORT ST. LUCIE — Twice was nice, but Jacob deGrom is already past the accolades of winning his second straight National League Cy Young Award and is plotting a course for No. 3.
The Mets ace has become aware of the history. There’s Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson, who each won four consecutive Cy Young awards, but beyond that Hall of Fame pair there isn’t another pitcher who has won as many as three straight.
“Any time you are at your best personally you are going to help the team,” deGrom said Wednesday, following the Mets’ first official workout this spring for pitchers and catchers. “You set personal goals and I have set them the past couple of years and that is definitely another personal goal of mine. But most importantly, it’s a team game and I want to win a World Series, but any time you are at your best you help the team.”
DeGrom went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and led the NL with 255 strikeouts last season, when he became only the second Mets pitcher to win multiple Cy Young awards. Tom Seaver won the award three times for the Mets in his Hall of Fame career.
The added thrill for deGrom this time was receiving the award from Hall of Famer Pedro…