The Mets started a four-game series visiting the Cubs with a frustrating loss. Jacob deGrom wasn’t good, but the Mets’ bullpen was. Unfortunately, the Mets scored just enough runs to lose by one. Things might have gone better if not for some terrible batted ball luck in the late innings.
After Jon Lester tossed a scoreless top of the first, deGrom immediately got into trouble, hitting leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler with a pitch and surrendering a two-run bomb to Kris Bryant. And Anthony Rizzo followed that home run up with a solo shot of his own. Throughout his start, deGrom had a hard time hitting his spots. In total, he gave up four runs in five innings of work. He struck out five, but he walked four.
Three of deGrom’s last four starts have not been good. On the season, he now has a 3.46 ERA and 4.26 FIP. It’s too early to panic, of course, but deGrom has not been nearly as good as he was in his Rookie of the Year season last year.
As for the offense, Kevin Plawecki drove in a run on a single in the top of the fourth before deGrom surrendered the fourth run of his start in the bottom of that inning. Back-to-back home runs by Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning made the game close, and the Mets’ bullpen prevented the Cubs from scoring again. But the score didn’t change after Flores’s home run.
It might have changed, though, had the Mets found better luck with well-struck baseballs in the late innings. Michael Cuddyer led off the eighth with a single, and Lucas Duda smoked a line drive directly to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who was standing near the bag and would have doubled off Cuddyer if he had gone back to the back as quickly as humanly possible. And in the ninth, after pinch hitter Curtis Granderson walked, Dilson Herrera hit a ball about as hard as Duda did, but Starlin Castro made a great diving catch to rob him of a hit. And pinch hitter Johnny Monell struck a ball well, but that turned into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
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Big winners: Curtis Granderson, +11.5% WPA
Big losers: Jacob deGrom, -25.4% WPA, Johnny Monell, -15.8% WPA, Dilson Herrera, -13.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Wilmer Flores’s home run, +11.7% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Lucas Duda lines into a double play in the eighth, -17.7% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -15.1% WPA
Total batter WPA: -34.9% WPA
GWRBI!: Addison Russell