Mets get dominant performance from deGrom, shut out Cardinals
Jacob deGrom retired 23 in a row after allowing a one-out single in the first, Lucas Duda blasted two homers, and the Mets blanked the Cardinals by the score of 5-0 on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.
While the Mets offense woke up, the story of the game was deGrom, who was unhittable after the first inning. Featuring a fastball that reached 97 MPH and mixing in his secondary pitches liberally, deGrom kept the Cardinals off balance all game. In his eight shutout innings, deGrom allowed one hit, walked none, and struck out 11.
The Mets broke through in the fourth, when John Mayberry, Jr. snuck an RBI single past the left side of the infield to make it 1-0 Mets.
In the sixth, Lucas Duda hit a long solo homer to right to increase the lead to 2-0.
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Lucas Duda added a three-run shot in the eighth — off a lefty — as the Mets increased their advantage to 5-0.
Jeurys Familia, who hasn’t gotten much work lately, pitched around a two-out single in a scoreless ninth.
- Jacob deGrom was lights out, putting together perhaps the best pitching performance in the National League this season.
- Lucas Duda hit a pair of home runs — one against left-handed starter Jaime Garcia, the other off lefty reliever Randy Choate.
- Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-3 with a walk.
The Mets, still without Travis d’Arnaud, David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Vic Black, Bobby Parnell, and a host of others, just split a four-game set with the best team in baseball.
Was it pretty? No. But all that matters is that the team found a way to win despite not being at their best or at full strength.
Despite hitting into a whole bunch of double plays, the offense — especially Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer — showed signs of life on Thursday.
For most, the sky was falling prior to Thursday’s game, but the Mets have proven that with the high-end starting pitching they have in Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard, it should be easy for them to avoid long losing streaks.
The Mets open a three-game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Noah Syndergaard gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Gerrit Cole for the Pirates.