Ted Williams vs. Jacob deGrom: Who would win in this dream matchup? | The Tylt
Ted Williams vs. Jacob deGrom: Who would win in this dream matchup?
Baseball loves its folk heroes, telling stories of their towering home runs to their unstoppable pitches. The greats of today get compared to the icons of the past and fans try to figure out if talent can succeed in different eras. Would the sluggers of today get hits off the flamethrowers from yesteryear? Could the legendary hitters keep up with today's pitchers? Vote on our matchups and let us know what you think!
People remember Ted Williams for being the only player to hit .400 in the modern era, but he was so much more than that one year.
Williams is widely considered the greatest hitter of all time, leading MLB in career on-base percentage and had hitting down to a science. His obsessive approach isolated him from a lot of people, but it made him one of the most consistent sluggers ever. Imagine if he didn't take years off his prime years serving in World War II and the Korean War.
If anyone could hit in any era no matter how good the pitching got, it's Teddy Ballgame.
Ted Williams is one of the greatest to ever step onto the diamond, but he never had to face the dirty stuff Jacob deGrom brings every start.
DeGrom has a five-pitch repertoire that would impress Pedro Martinez. He has one of the most accurate four-seam fastballs in the game today. Working off that, he has a low-90s slider, a high-80s changeup and a nasty curveball to keep hitters off balance. Rounding out his arsenal is a cheeky two-seam fastball with a late break that runs away from lefties.
Williams might have taken advantage of pitchers during his era, but he's never faced a pitcher with deGrom's stuff.