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Jacob deGrom And Seth Lugo Were Unstoppable

If you want to win a game, the best possible formula is Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo. Tonight, that’s what the Mets had, and it led to a separately needed win against a Diamondbacks team ahead of the Mets in the Wild Card standings.

For his part, deGrom was great furthering cementing his Cy Young case. His final line was 7.0 innings, three hits, one run, one earned, one walk, and 11 strikeouts. That one? Well, that was courtesy of our old “Friend” Wilmer Flores.

But that wasn’t as damaging as a homer as a run against deGrom would normally be as deGrom actually received run support tonight. In fact, two of the three runs scored for him came off the bat of Pete Alonso who hit his 46th and 47th homers of the year.

The other run came courtesy of an Amed Rosario RBI single in the fourth scoring Wilson Ramos. What made that interesting is Ramos had reached on a double against the shift. That shift was an unorthodox two outfielder shift. Presumably, this was implemented in response to Ramos’ ground ball rates, and yet, his hitting the ball up the middle was an automatic double.

Going back to deGrom, what makes him so impressive is how he is dominant no matter what part of the game. He rips through the order the first, second, and third time through. The lineup turns over a fourth time just briefly. He gets the bad and good hitters. For example, he struck out Ketel Marte three times.

Another note here is deGrom controls all parts of the plate. He gets batters out north, east, south, and west. While we’ve seen his recent rise to dominance correlate to pitching up in the zone, he did it working the lower half tonight.

If a team thought they’d get a respite when he leaves a game, they’d be wrong as Lugo followed him to pitch the final two innings. The fresh Lugo was economical striking out four of the six batters he faced needing just 21 pitches to earn his fifth save of the year.

With the win, the Mets gained a game on both the Diamondbacks and Phillies. It’s still an uphill climb, but the Mets are still alive.

Game Notes: Alonso surpassed Darryl Strawberry and some other guy by reaching base safely for a 34th consecutive game.

2 thoughts on “Jacob deGrom And Seth Lugo Were Unstoppable”

  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    Impressive to see JdG shooting for a second consecutive Cy after a weak start.
    Still, as of last night his FIP compared to Scherzer was a full half run worse. That’s too much for the sabr voter to ignore.

    It’s also impressive for deGrom in this season of absurd HR totals to keep his rate to his own career norms. Last year his step up was primarily to do with a HR rate of 0.4 per 9IP. Just holding in 2019 to 0.9 per 9IP is a valuable feat. Even so, Scherzer pips him there, as he does in most categories.

    — 19 games left. Mets down by 4, and trailing a total of 4 teams. Not to mention the Cubs have an easy schedule except for the 7 games against the Cards. The Mets have done well to still be in the mix as one of the most difficult stretches of their schedule comes to an end. The problem with the 2nd wildcard, though, is that it makes uninteresting teams appear to be more than they are. Even one wildcard belongs to the ‘everybody gets a trophy’ school. Two is absurd. It also means that the Mets incompetent FO looks less inept than it is, by allowing them to claim ‘meaningful games’ in September.

    — Great to see Alonso doing this well. There was no precedent for a player with his minor league record not turning into at least an acceptable major leaguer for several seasons, but at the start of the year I had his range of possibility from 1.5 through 5.0 WAR for his rookie season, figuring that the combination of positional penalty and slightly subpar defense capped him at the top end. Getting to 5 WAR with 20 games to go is extraordinary, and he’s made a largely blah and worse, a fumbled away season by the FO, much more fun to watch. Watching the consistency of his home run swing in slo-mo is a real pleasure. The consistent weight shifts on each foot, the back lower leg almost parallel to the ground during follow through, the way his head stays in the same small area just the way a top golfer’s will and how that keeps everything else in place… he’s going to hit 200 HR in a Met uniform before they deal him away prior to his final arb year.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Your point on Alonso is exactly why it was wrong to have him begin the season in the majors. You sacrificed a year of control for a fourth place finish. How does that make sense?

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