The lack of run support for Jacob deGrom seems to be a problem of the past. After the offense’s well-document failures to score for their ace has become a running joke over the past two seasons, the team followed its 14-run output in deGrom’s last start with 18 runs tonight, as they topped the Toronto Blue Jays by an 18-1 score in Buffalo.
The Mets dropped four runs in the third, highlighted by MVP candidate Michael Conforto’s three-run home run off starter Chase Anderson. After eventually being chased from the game, former Met Anthony Kay entered and was victimized by the bad lighting as Jeff McNeil’s fly ball dropped in between the center and right fielders to make it 4-1.
The Mets followed up their four-run third with a whopping ten runs in the fourth. After loading the bases, catcher Danny Jansen dropped a throw from shortstop Santiago Espinal which should have been the first out at home, but instead resulted in Wilson Ramos crossing the plate. Dominic Smith followed with a titanic grand slam after breaking baseball’s holy unwritten rules by swinging on a 3-0 pitch. New York kept the party going against Jacob Waguespack and ended up sending 14 to the plate en route to making this one a laugher.
Meanwhile, deGrom was routinely brilliant despite giving up a run in the first on a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. run-scoring single to right. He struck out nine and allowed three hits while walking two. He didn’t have his best stuff and, at one point, looked agitated while walking off the mound following a laborious fourth, but he still managed to lower his ERA to a league-leading 1.67 along with an NL-best 79 strikeouts after his solid performance.
Toronto played sloppy defense and eventually had to go to their shortstop to pitch the ninth. Meanwhile, the Mets let Erasmo Ramirez close the game out, as he picked up the save in a 17-run blowout.
Full recap to follow.
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