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Jacob deGrom returned to the mound for the Mets on Tuesday night as they beat the Rockies 3-1. deGrom pitched 5 strong innings, striking out nine batters and allowing just one run on a solo homer from Ryan McMahon in the second inning. The Mets scored their first run of the game in the first inning thanks to a James McCann groundout, which scored Jonathan Villar. Tomás Nido continued his recent hot streak in the sixth inning, hitting a two-run homer, which proved to be the game winning hit for the Mets. After deGrom exited, the Mets got strong performances of the bullpen trio of Miguel Castro, Trevor May, and Edwin Diaz. In total, Mets pitchers struck out 16 batters in the game. Marcus Stroman will take the mound tonight in the third game of a four game series.
Making his second rehab start after Tommy John surgery, Noah Syndergaard exited the game after one inning with right elbow soreness. The velocity of Syndergaard’s pitches noticeably declined throughout the one inning he pitched.
Meanwhile, J.D. Davis has returned to New York City for treatment on his sprained left hand. This treatment was part of the plan all along, and the stiff neck that kept Davis out of a rehab start in Syracuse is not an issue.
After the game, Luis Rojas specified that an MRI revealed Davis has “inflammation in his joints”.
Add Bud Black to the list of people who is blown away by Jacob deGrom’s velocity, saying it was impressive arm strength and he hasn’t seen a game in his 40+ years in baseball where every fastball was over 95 MPH.
deGrom’s return on Tuesday night was a lone bright spot for an injury riddled Mets team.
Billy McKinney is now the newest member of the Mets, as they acquired him in a trade with the Brewers late last night.
Johneshwy Fargas is expected to go on the IL today after crashing into the outfield wall on Monday night. Fargas said that while he has crashed into the wall plenty of the times while playing baseball, this is the first time the wall beat him.
Manager Luis Rojas said that the slumping Francisco Lindor is trying to do much.
The Mets do not expect Taijuan Walker to require a minor league rehab start as he looks to return from left side tightness.
Tim Britton looks at 7 players the Mets could look to add to support the team as they deal with their countless injuries.
With Jacob deGrom being activated from the IL, Jordan Yamamoto replaced him there, being put on the IL with a sore right shoulder.
In case you wanted the Mets to bring back Jay Bruce with all the injuries on the team currently, Bruce said he isn’t interested in leaving his retirement.
Around the National League East
Bryce Harper is heading to the injured list with a bruised forearm.
Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer for the only two runs of the game, as the Phillies beat the Marlins.
However, Marcell Ozuna dislocated his finger in the game while sliding into third base.
Max Scherzer gave up two solo homers as the Nationals fell to the Reds 2-1.
Around Major League Baseball
While there has been a rise in strikeouts this year, a lot of that can be attributed to pitchers hitting, and hitting worse than ever.
The two millionth run in the history of baseball is set to happen this week, and unlike when the millionth run was scored in 1975, there will not be much fanfare surrounding it.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Aveneue
Chris McShane looked at some potential trade targets the Mets could look to to help stay afloat while their main players are injured.
John Pacella was the player featured in this weeks edition of the UnforMETable podcast.
Steve Sypa handed out player of the week awards for the Mets minor league system.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2012, Johan Santana pitched a complete game shutout against the Padres, needing just 96 pitches. Something tells me the game Santana pitched five days later was pretty special too.