The Mets’ seemingly endless quest to squander Jacob deGrom starts continued this afternoon at Citi Field, as the best pitcher in baseball gave up just one run in eight innings but the team lost anyway.
deGrom matched his career high with fourteen strikeouts, and he only got beat once: when Jazz Chisholm hit a solo home run into the second deck in right field in the top of the second innings. Aside from that, deGrom threw 100 miles per hour with ease from the beginning through the end of his start, and he didn’t come particularly close to giving up any other runs. Through two starts, he has a 0.64 ERA, looking every bit as good as he has over the past three years, two of which saw him win the National League Cy Young.
This early in the season, there’s no shame in enjoying deGrom’s performance, even if the Mets’ lineup fails, as it did in this game. As has been the case a few times in the Mets’ first five games of the season, the Mets had some opportunities at the plate but did not capitalize on them. Their lineup will probably be fine, considering it’s made up almost entirely of good hitters with major league track records, but it wasn’t today.
In the end, maybe any one loss in a 162-game season will cost the Mets a playoff spot. For now, though, there’s plenty of time for the lineup to figure things out. For now, deGrom has started building the foundation of another Cy Young type of season.
Not that it mattered, but with the Mets down 1-0 going into the ninth inning, Edwin Díaz took the mound and gave up two runs while recording just two outs. The lineup will get a lot of blame for today, and Díaz might be as good as he was in the short season last year, but the bullpen was a glaring weakness coming into the year and can’t really afford for him to be any worse than solid.
The series concludes tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field with Marcus Stroman on the mound and the Mets looking to improve upon their 2-3 record.
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Win Probability Added
Big Mets winner: Jacob deGrom, +23.5% WPA
Big Mets loser: Michael Conforto, -21.7% WPA
Mets pitchers: +12.4% WPA
Mets hitters: -62.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Brandon Nimmo walks in the bottom of the sixth, +10.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Jazz Chisholm hits a solo home run in the second, -12.3% WPA