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Mets Offense Finally Scores Runs For deGrom

The hapless Mets offense had gone searching for a place to have an offensive breakout.  Their tour took them to hitter’s parks like Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Arizona.  All hitter’s parks, but form them to be hitter’s parks, you need to have hitters.  The Mets haven’t, at least not until recently.

Finally, the Mets made it to the hitter’s paradise that is Coors Field.  After two good performances to close out their series against the Diamondbacks, this Mets team was primed for an offensive explosion.  That would begin with Brandon Nimmo leading off the game:

It was Nimmo who hit the go-ahead homer in Sunday’s big comeback against the Diamondbacks, and it was him homering again to lead-off the game.

With that Nimmo homer, Jacob deGrom was in a rare position.  He had a lead with himself on the mound.  If you had any concern about how deGrom would handle these uncharted waters in a ballpark like Coors Field, you shouldn’t.  One again, deGrom was great.

Through eight innings, deGrom limited the Rockies to two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out seven.  This made deGrom the rare pitcher who came to Coors Field and actually lowered his ERA.  It now stands at an MLB best 1.51.

Though it’s criminal it took this long, deGrom finally got his fifth win of the season.  That happened because the Mets offense finally exploded.

In the second, Michael Conforto started a rally with a double, and he would come home to score on a Jose Bautista RBI groundout.

One important thing to note about this game is the Mets organization has long shied away from having either Nimmo or Conforto face Major League left-handed pitching.  In a game started by the left-handed Tyler Anderson, both Nimmo and Conforto had great games:

  • Nimmo: 4-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Conforto: 3-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, SB

In addition to the Nimmo and Conforto exploits, Wilmer Flores would contribute with a third inning solo shot, and Devin Mesoraco would hit a two run homer in the eighth.

At that point, the Mets lead 6-2, and the game was pretty much on hand.  That said, with this being Coors Field, it didn’t hurt the Mets added on some insurance runs.

In a six run ninth inning, the Mets batted around, and the Mets would score runs on:

  • Mesoraco bases loaded walk
  • Bautista bases loaded walk
  • Amed Rosario two run double
  • Nimmo two RBI single

After that, it was 12-2.  After a scoreless ninth from Paul Sewald, the Mets have finally have won three games in a row.  That is in no small part due to their bats waking up scoring 22 runs over three games.  To put that in perspective, the Mets offense only scored 21 runs over the 13 games prior to Saturday’s victory over the Diamondbacks.

Game Notes: Bautista replaced Jay Bruce from the starting lineup after he was once again scratched due to injury.

One thought on “Mets Offense Finally Scores Runs For deGrom”

  1. OldBackstop says:

    One of my pet peeves is the Win stat. Ron Darling would make you think the entire drama of every game is whether the starting pitcher is going to get the win, deserves the win, how lucky or unlucky he has been this year with the win…. why are they pinch hitting for him! He won’t be able to get a win. Maybe this is the psychological residue of a guy whose career 162 game average was 12-11.

    I hope DeGrom doesn’t get another win. I hope he doesn’t win the Cy Young. I hope idiots stressing the win stat drive DeGrom’s reputation and market value so low that the Mets can afford to extend him five years and we win five World Championships, with DeGrom never getting another win, with 50 ninth inning comebacks and Familia going 50 and 0.

    I’m a Mets fan, not a DeGrom’s stats fan.

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