Jacob Degrom was even better than he normally is last night, and that’s a tough order. He entered the night with 30 straight starts allowing 3 runs or less, which is a new MLB record. Ironically, the last team to score 4 runs on Degrom were the Miami Marlins, almost a year ago to last night exactly.
We all know the problems the Mets lineups had last season giving Degrom run support. The Mets changed their tune last night, coming out of the gates with hot bats and keeping with that theme throughout the night.
Keon Broxton got the start over Lagares in center field and Jeff McNeil did not play due to a sore knee. Amed Rosario, who has looked like a totally different player so far this year, also got the start. His confidence level seems very high and I sense a breakout season coming. He started the night with an opposite-field RBI Triple to get the Mets on the board first.
Last season that would be great for Degrom, as he would be lucky to get a single run in a 7 inning outing. Degrom continued his dominance of the Marlins lineup, striking out his 3rd batter of the game before his first plate appearance.
Degrom led off the top of the 3rd inning against Marlin’s young right-hander Trevor Richards, who was off to a decent start despite the one run he gave up in the 2nd. Degrom changed that with one swing of the bat on the first pitch to start the 3rd inning, Richards attempted a get me over fastball, and Degrom wasn’t having any of it. He crushed the pitch deep over the left fielders head for his second career homer and his first on the season.
This man is doing it all now. He is possible gold glove winner down the road, a former NL Cy Young winner with a 1.70 era, and now he’s adding some hitting power to his repertoire.
Brandon Nimmo who has been struggling to start the season finally found his way to at least work a walk after the Degrom home run. Top young prospect, Pete Alonso, then drove in Nimmo with a double at the next at-bat. Alonso has had a hot start to the season and it was nice to see this continue last night.
You might think that this would be all the run support Degrom would need, and you would be correct. Big Jake mowed down the Marlins lineup one after another, it was a thing of beauty.
As all the dust settled Degrom walked off the mound after 7 scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits 1 walk and 14 strikeouts. The 14 strikeouts were a new career high for Big Jake.
Jake left the game with a 6-run lead and was replaced by Robert Gsellman, who came on to start the bottom half of the 7th inning. Frankly, he was pretty awful, allowing 2-runs in his short appearance.
Manager Mickey Callaway came out of the dugout to make a pitching change, bringing in veteran lefty Luis Avilan. He cleaned up the 8th and didn’t allow any further damage.
With the win seeming safe, Mickey stuck with the left-hander to come out for his second inning of work, and that didn’t go too well. Avalian got into a lot of trouble and it turned into a save situation, so manager Micky Callaway had to go to his closer, Edwin Diaz.
With the tying and go-ahead runs on base, Edwin Diaz delivered. He struck out pinch-hitting catcher Jorge Alfaro for the second out and then former Met, Curtis Granderson, was the next man up. Granderson was looking to play hero for his new club, you could see it in his eye. But Diaz wasn’t allowing that, as he got ahead of the count on Granderson, and played Granderson into a fly out.
It was a good night to be a Mets fan. The Mets secured the sweep of division rival Miami Marlins and Jacob Degrom’s notched his 2nd win on the season in one of his most dominant performances of his career.
The Mets head home for the first time tomorrow afternoon, hosting the Washington Nationals for the home opener. The Mets will have another one of their stud pitchers on the mound, Noah Syndergaard. He will be opposed by Nationals young hard-throwing right-hander Stephen Strasburg. These two have already faced off last week at Nationals Park, where both pitchers weren’t at the top of their game. Both hope to change that tomorrow afternoon. I will be in attendance for this game, so check out @SportsRegime on twitter for my live view.