There’s one player who is giving Mets fans something to cheer about in what has been a forgetful season, and that’s Jacob deGrom. deGrom, in a night where he did not have his best stuff, allowed just 1 run over 6.2 innings, leading to a 7-3 Mets win.
deGrom has won 7 consecutive starts, and continues to shine in a Mets staff that has struggled for most of the season. deGrom started this streak after one of the worst spells of his career. During a 2 game span back in late May and early June, deGrom allowed 15 earned runs combined in those 2 starts over a total of 8 innings, but since has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Mets fans have reason to be upset, but deGrom still draws a great crowd to Citi Field, and when he got pulled from the game with 2 outs in the 7th inning, fans gave him a well deserved standing ovation. Had deGrom gotten 1 more out in the 7th inning, he would’ve gone at least 7 innings in all of his starts during his current 7 game winning streak.
A play that no one will be talking about in this one, but to me was the key in the game came in the 1st inning. Jay Bruce hit a pretty deep fly ball to centerfield for the 2nd out of the inning, and Asdrubal Cabrera showed some hustle, tagging up to 2nd base. What came to follow were 4 consecutive 2 out hits by Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, and Jose Reyes, giving the Mets an early 3-0 lead. It was nice to see a veteran player with show some hustle during a season where fans including myself have been critical of some players’ efforts. But, this play set the tone in what was a pretty controlling Mets win.
In addition to a great performance from deGrom, the offense also had a great game after a night to forget last night. Tonight’s game featured 7 runs and 13 hits, including at least 1 hit from every starting position player.
The Mets looked like a completely different team tonight after an abysmal performance last night against Michael Wacha, but the team still sits with a measly 42-50 record. As the trade deadline is approaching, fans may not see this bunch together for much longer. But, the team gave fans something to cheer about tonight, and the Mets will look to even this 4 game series tomorrow afternoon with Seth Lugo on the mound.
Question to sleep on:
Jacob deGrom is making a mid season push to join the Cy Young award conversation. Is there enough time left for him to win the award?