There were a lot of great things that came from the game last night between the Mets and division rival Atlanta Braves in Suntrust Park. It was a matchup featuring Steven Matz for the Mets, who was coming off a very solid performance but only 5 innings. Yesterday, they really need him to be able to go deeper into the game.
It was Kevin Gausman on the hill for the Braves. He is considered the ace of the staff since Mike Foltynewicz is currently on the shelf with an injury.
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.
Jason Vargas started game 2 of the 3 game set against the division rival Miami Marlins. 2 years ago, Jason Vargas was a 20 win pitcher. However, the second half of his 2017 campaign was not nearly as good as the first, so Sandy Alderson thought he got Vargas at a bargain price. After that season, Jason Vargas earned a 2-year deal worth $16 million dollars. Sadly, Vargas had a very up and down year last year for the Mets.
In spring training of 2018, Jason Vargas broke his non-pitching hand. His 2018 campaign wasn’t great out of the gate. He started the year on the DL (now IL) and when he came back it was not a pretty sight. Vargas’ first 12 starts in his second season with the Mets resulted in an 8.75 era with a 3.00 WHIP. A lot of fans wondered how the Mets could continue to allow this awful pitching display to take the mound every 5th day. But in Varags’ second half of the 2018 season, he somewhat rebounded, lowering his WHIP under 1.50 and dropping his era all the way down to a 2.45 in his last 8 starts. He made just 20 starts for the Mets and finished the year with a total of a 5.77 era and a respectable 1.41 WHIP.
Monday night the New York Mets opened up a three-game set in Miami, taking on the Marlins, a division rival. Mets left-hander Steven Matz, making his first start this season, got off to a rocky start. He allowed a two-run homer to second basemen, Starlin Castro, giving Miami an early 2-0 lead in the first.
But the Mets answered in the top half of the second, cutting the lead in half. Michael Conforto and Wilson Ramos started the inning with singles. Jeff McNeil battled and fouled off a number of pitches for lining a double down the right-field line that hit the chalk and scored Conforto.
Tonight’s game was perhaps the most important Nets game in the Atkinson Marks era, and Brooklyn showed up big. The Nets opened this game up strong and never looked back, shooting the ball lights out from the field and playing tremendous defense all night. The led by as many as 30 points.
The red-hot Pistons came into this game tonight winning 5 straight including a dominating win in last nights performance against the Chicago Bulls. Detroit was on a back to back coming into this game, still knowing what was on the line, but the Nets never gave the Pistons a chance. They shot the ball great from start to finish and never let up. Rodions Kurucs really showed up big; in his 20 minutes of play he scored 13 points shooting 6/8 from the field but he also added 3 big steals in the game that all lead to fast break points.