12:19 AM ET

Associated Press

NEW YORK — On his 3,102nd pitch of a special season, Jacob deGrom was determined to reach one more milestone, rather than letting it linger until next year.

So facing his final batter, he reached back and threw a 92 mph slider past Ozzie Albies for his 1,000th career strikeout.

Now deGrom will wait a few more weeks to see if his remarkable run will win him the National League’s top pitching prize.

DeGrom was dominant in what almost certainly was his last pitch for the Cy Young Award, throwing eight stellar innings and leaving with a major-league-best 1.70 ERA as the New York Mets blanked the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Wednesday.

“I’m really excited with how the night went,” deGrom said. “I had the goal to get to that tonight. It was a lot cooler to get my 1,000th strikeout on my last pitch of the year than my first batter next year.”

DeGrom (10-9) made his last regular-season start, striking out 10 and allowing just two singles against the NL East champions. He retired the final 20 hitters after allowing a single to Johan Camargo.

DeGrom gave up no more

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