NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom's National League Rookie of the Year Award bid appears to be back on track.
By firing seven innings of one-run (zero earned) ball against the Phillies on Friday night, deGrom increased his win-loss record to 7-6 while decreasing his ERA to 2.94. Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has also been hot, batting .304 since Aug. 19, thereby narrowing this even further into a two-man race.
While the American League boasts several standout Rookie of the Year Award candidates, headlined by Chicago's Jose Abreu, the NL has fewer. Hamilton's 53 steals in 129 games may make him the favorite at this point, but deGrom appears close enough to challenge him with a strong September.
"He's unfazed," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He just goes out and does the best he can."
A dark horse candidate for the honor is Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who debuted in 2012 but retained his rookie eligibility into this season. Familia entered Saturday's play with a 1.90 ERA and four saves in 63 appearances. No rookie pitcher in either league has appeared in more games.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.