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Mets Fail deGrom Again

Tonight was one of the few important games remaining on the Mets schedule because Jacob deGrom was starting.

Early on, it looked like deGrom had it all going. After issuing a leadoff walk to Rafael Ortega, deGrom struck out the side. In fact, he’d go the first 3.2 innings without allowing a hit.

Brian Anderson then hit a slow roller up that middle Amed Rosario couldn’t get to and Jeff McNeil could not field cleanly. Derek Dietrich singled cleanly to put two on with two out.

deGrom went 0-2 against Lewis Brinson, and he tried to go up in the zone to get out of the inning. He didn’t get it up enough, and Brinson drove it to deep center. Austin Jackson, who is in there for defense despite a -13 DRS, took a bad route and wasn’t nearly quick enough. Instead of being out of the inning, deGrom was down 2-0.

We knew the Mets weren’t getting him off the hook as they were providing deGrom with his typical run support. Really, Michael Conforto was the only one who showed up with his bats.

After being stranded at fourth with a leadoff double, Conforto would make sure he scored in his next at-bat as he homered off Jose Urena.

Overall, the Mets had four hits in the game. Two were by Conforto. The other two were by Dominic Smith and deGrom.

Even if the bats did get going, the bullpen would’ve made it a moot point.

JT Riddle, he of a career .371 SLG, hit a no doubt homer off Anthony Swarzak in the eighth. Robert Gsellman was tasked with keeping at 3-1 in the ninth. He didn’t.

He wasn’t helped out by Brandon Nimmo making an ill advised dive for an Anderson sinking liner. Instead of two on, it was an RBI triple. A Dietrich RBI double made it 5-1.

Overall, deGrom’s final line in the loss was 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. This was his record 25th start in a row allowing three earned or fewer.

As noted by the eminent Jerry Beach, this was the 10th time deGrom allowing two earned or fewer over seven innings and did not get the win. There are only six pitchers to do this in 2018, and it’s only happened 10 times total.

In the end, deGrom is now 8-9 because the Mets two out rally in the ninth, highlighted by a Kevin Plawecki two run homer, sputtered out with a Rosario broken bat ground out.

Mets lost 5-3 in a game they could’ve helped deGrom.

Game Notes: Todd Frazier was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. McNeil moved to third, and Wilmer Flores played second. The Mets had 9/11 patches on their caps. Again, there were no First Responder caps.

3 thoughts on “Mets Fail deGrom Again”

  1. Julian says:

    I wonder how much the W-L record factors into the Cy Young award? I know Eric Gagne won the Cy Young with a losing record, but that was as a relief pitcher. Not sure if a starting pitcher has ever won with a losing record?

    All of deGrom’s losses have basically been “quality” starts. Aggravating to watch as a Mets fan, I can’t even imagine what it’s like for deGrom to be handed all those losses due to poor run support!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      We’re going to find out, and I’m afraid of the result.

  2. Gothamist says:

    Those ABATS — especially McNeil’s — confused me.
    Was it is because, facing a 95-96 mph fast ball pitcher?

    Jeff swung hard and flew out to deep left center twice.
    No opposite field stuff as he did mostly on the road.

    Did McNeil and others think that HRs was the way to get Jake support?

    Bottom seven, do home teams go for the tie?
    Why was Plawecki not bunting?

    Was it:
    So if he singled, Jake would sacrifice and stay in the game?

    or was Plawecki on auto pilot?

    Jake played small ball and went up the middle, Dom Smith plunked down a single.

    Why did Amed not drop a bunt all game — to creates some gas?

    THESE GAMES AGAINST PITCHERS WHO SHUT THEM DOWN WORRY ME
    In my view I see this as a game to mess with the other pitcher’s focus….
    Drag bunts, fake bunts before the pitch, annoying himsith the base runners….

    To illustrate – this guy had such dominance —

    a) they knew the fastball was coming and he overpowered them all night
    b) Frazier had two strikes on one ABAT and he practically threw the bat against the ball to stay alive. Frazier was essentially completely over matched and defenseless on strike two.

    The winning double off Jake was by a hitter who walks very infrequently, K the first ABAT, obviously a great FB hitter and that double might have been due to over confidence after the initial off speed strike then to the FB?

    It is that bad w Jake that every pitch means that much!

    Jake looked at AJax as if he he possibly wondered if AJax was playing the hitter too shallow.

    Yes, I was there — for Jake pitched… no other reason but i would pay to see Wheeler

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