Mets teammates defend deGrom from cheating accusation

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A tweet Sunday alleged that Jacob deGrom uses foreign substances, and the New York Mets ace's teammates rushed to his defense in a chain of replies.

During Saturday's start against the San Diego Padres, deGrom appeared to touch his glove in what the Twitter user deemed a suspicious way, common among pitchers who keep pine tar or other substances in their gloves.

Mets catcher Tomas Nido caught wind of the tweet and defended the two-time Cy Young winner, saying hitters would be "lucky to even foul tip the ball" if deGrom used anything illegal.

Nido then tagged fellow Mets catcher James McCann, starting a chain of replies by deGrom's teammates. The most recent of those is from outfielder Kevin Pillar, who tagged team owner Steve Cohen.

Through nine starts, the 32-year-old deGrom looks to be the front-runner for his third Cy Young Award, authoring a sterling 0.62 ERA and 1.02 FIP.

Though deGrom is one of many pitchers thriving in a season of suppressed offensive numbers, Major League Baseball is reportedly preparing to crack down on more pitchers for using illegal substances to aid with grip and boost spin rates.

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