In a season that’s been far from flawless, Jacob deGrom seems to have gone somewhat unnoticed relative to the level at which he’s performed. The 28-year-old was the center of attention last night, however, as he made pitching look easy and helped the Mets cruise to victory over the Yankees.
In seven scoreless innings, deGrom struck out eight, walked one, and allowed just four hits. He threw 103 pitches in the process and now has a 2.41 ERA on the season. That’s the fourth-best mark in baseball, trailing only Clayton Kershaw, Kyle Hendricks, and Madison Bumgarner. It’s also just a tad better than his teammate Noah Syndergaard, who’s sitting in fifth at 2.48.
Alejandro De Aza, a player whose lack of performance has very much been noticed by Mets fans this season, continued his excellent month-long rebound by hitting a two-run home run in the third inning. Those were the only runs the Mets needed in the game, but they scored several more along the way.
Travis d’Arnaud hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth. His performance last year was incredibly promising, but his time on the disabled list this year was disappointing and unsurprising. He hasn’t returned to his 2015 form, but he’s certainly capable of hitting for power at the major league level.
In the seventh inning, the Mets turned a modest lead into a big one. Michael Conforto doubled—one of his two doubles on the night—to score Wilmer Flores. A Matt Reynolds bloop single brought home the Mets’ fifth run. When the Yankees brought in a lefty to face De Aza, Terry Collins sent Yoenis Cespedes up to pinch hit, and he hit a ground ball hard enough to knock Starlin Castro to the ground at second base. Cespedes and his ailing quad busted it down the line and looked good in doing so as he reached safely on one of the hardest-hit infield singles you’ll see.
Neil Walker capped the scoring in that inning and on the night for the Mets with a double into the left field corner to make it 7-0.
After deGrom completed the seventh, the Mets turned to Jon Niese to finish the game. He allowed a couple of baserunners in the eighth but got out of that inning without allowing a run before giving up a solo home run to Didi Gregorius in the ninth, but nothing more, breaking up the shutout but not putting the game at risk at all.
And with all of that, Jay Bruce’s debut—0-for-4 with a couple of strikeouts—went unnoticed.
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Big winners: Jacob deGrom, +32.4% WPA, Alejandro De Aza, +21.5% WPA
Big losers: none
Teh aw3s0mest play: Alejandro De Aza hits a two-run home run in the third, +24.0% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Aaron Hicks singles to put runners on the corners with one out in the second, -7.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +32.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: +17.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Alejandro De Aza