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deGrom dazzles, Nimmo hits first walk-off home run in win over Phillies

Jacob deGrom didn’t get the win, but he solidified his status as the best pitcher in the game as the Mets won.

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When it comes to Jacob deGrom starts, hardly any explanation is necessary. As per usual, the Mets’ ace was dominant, this time throwing eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, one walk, and five hits allowed. He threw 113 pitches in total, though he made things look even easier than that early in the game.

And in the spirit of it being a deGrom start, the Mets’ offense didn’t do anything—at all, in this case—while he was on the mound. Through deGrom’s eight innings, the Mets were held scoreless, and they didn’t score after Jeurys Familia’s scoreless top of the ninth, either.

But in the bottom of the tenth, after a scoreless frame from Robert Gsellman, Brandon Nimmo came up to pinch hit and drilled a three-run, walk-off home run to end the game and give the Mets a win in a game that deGrom started.

There were things to complain about in this game, too—Jose Reyes continuing to make his way in the starting lineup, for example—but a Mets win in a deGrom start is always a good thing.

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Big winners: Jacob deGrom, +53.4% WPA, Brandon Nimmo, +39.2% WPA, Jeurys Familia, +13.1% WPA, Robert Gsellman, +13.1% WPA, Amed Rosario, +12.0% WPA
Big losers: Jose Bautista, -12.4% WPA, Jose Reyes, -12.2% WPA, Devin Mesoraco, -12.1% WPA, Michael Conforto, -11.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Brandon Nimmo’s walk-off home run in the tenth, +39.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Michael Conforto grounds out with runners on first and second to end the eighth, -8.7% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +79.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: -29.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Brandon Nimmo