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The Mets split a doubleheader with the Rockies yesterday in Denver. Jacob deGrom finally got a win in Game 1, as the Mets rallied late for a come-from-behind 4-3 victory thanks to key hits from Jonathan Villar and Francisco Lindor. deGrom chased history in the outing, striking out nine Rockies in a row at one point, tying his career high and coming just one short of the major league record set by Tom Seaver. He struck out 14 batters in total and all three of his runs were unearned, lowering his season ERA to 0.45. Edwin Díaz struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh to protect the lead and close it out for the Mets.
The Mets dropped the second game of the doubleheader by a score of 7-2. Joey Lucchesi got off to a rocky start in his first start of the season, surrendering three runs to the Rockies in the first inning. He settled down after that and the Mets were able to score two runs to pull within a run, but Jacob Barnes gave up a three-run homer in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Rockies ace Germán Márquez shut the Mets down and threw an (abbreviated) complete game.
Prior to yesterday’s doubleheader, J.D. Davis was activated from the injured list and José Peraza was optioned to the alternate site. Davis might be the Mets player who benefitted most from all of the postponements because they allowed him to miss fewer games.
Also yesterday, Franklyn Kilome cleared waivers and was outrighted to the alternate site.
Meanwhile, Carlos Carrasco is expected to make his Mets debut in early May.
Brandon Nimmo has now reached base in 23 straight games dating back to last season.
Prompted by the news that Jake Odorizzi almost signed with the Mets before the team decided to go in another direction after the firing of Jared Porter, Joel Sherman ruminated on a few different “what if” Mets scenarios.
Around the National League East
Luis Avilan has a tear in his left UCL and is currently deciding between rehab and surgery.
Wander Suero left yesterday’s game after grabbing his left side, potentially adding to the Nationals’ injury woes.
But in the game, Sean Kazmar Jr. got his first major league at-bat in more than twelve years.
Meanwhile, Bryce Harper is dealing with back tightness and is considered day-to-day.
The Marlins walked off the Giants 7-6 in the tenth inning with Jorge Alfaro delivering the decisive hit. They are now at .500.
Around Major League Baseball
Both last night’s and today’s games between the Angels and the Twins have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns on the part of the Twins. In addition to Andrelton Simmons earlier in the week, Kyle Garlick, one other player, and one staff member have tested positive.
One major league umpire has also tested positive for COVID-19, according to reporting from Ken Rosenthal.
Fox broadcaster Joe Buck will serve as a guest host on Jeopardy! and compete for the permanent gig.
Christian Yelich is heading for a stint on the injured list due to a lower back strain.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets’ series with the Rockies.
This Date in Mets History
Nolan Ryan pitched a one-hitter for the Mets on April 18, 1970 in a 7-0 victory over the Phillies.