Mets Series Preview: Mets head to Arizona to finish roadtrip

By Ryan Punzalan
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Jun 1, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday, June 7

Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.41 ERA) vs. Josh Collmenter (3-5, 5.03 ERA)

How’s this for some numbers? In his last three starts, Jacob deGrom has gone 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA, while striking out 28 batters and walking none. Zero, zilch, zippo. Batters in those starts are batting .117/.117/.117 against him and were only able to muster out two earned runs off nine hits.

Yeah. So, after that quick hiccup against the Yankees and Nationals at the end of April, the pitcher that won the NL Rookie of the Year award last season has returned, and he’s returned better than ever.

He’ll face the Diamondbacks for the first time in his career on Sunday afternoon.

Josh Collmenter, a staple in the Diamondbacks rotation since 2011, will look to obtain his first victory in over a month against the Mets. His last win came against the Colorado Rockies on May 6, as he went seven innings, allowing five runs. He’s struggled since then, unable to replicate the success he had in late April, where he held a 2.76 ERA after his first five starts.

Sunday will mark Collmenter’s fourth career start and ninth appearance against them. He holds a 2-2 record with a 4.50 ERA in those games. If there’s one matchup to pay attention to for this game, keep a tab on Daniel Murphy as he’s gone 5-for-12 with two doubles against Collmenter.