It took Jacob deGrom 116 pitches to finish off the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, but tonight’s performance will be one that sticks out if the Mets end up making a playoff run.
DeGrom came into Monday night’s game down. His last two starts were abysmal (lasting just four innings against Texas and Milwaukee while allowing 7R+), so he was looking to right the ship and do so quickly. Facing last year’s champion would seem to be a tall task, but deGromination was in order, and the Cubbies couldn’t muster much against him.
Jacob deGrom allowed just five hits and one earned run in his nine innings pitched. He wasn’t the high strikeout machine we’ve gotten use to seeing (only registering six Ks), but maybe that’s what made him so effective getting ground balls and fly balls as much as needed.
DeGrom was also aided by his defense. The Mets turned double plays in four straight innings to get him out of whatever trouble he got himself into. They never got the fifth double play — which would have tied the franchise record — but nevertheless, it was a good to see the middle infield defense come through when needed. Interestingly enough, all four of those double plays were 4-6-3, so it felt like deja vu three times during those frames.
On the offensive side, the Mets broke out their power bats and gave deGrom a comfortable lead going into the later innings. The rumbling about Amed Rosario‘s ascension may have reached Asdrubal Cabrera‘s ears as the Assman connected with two long balls on the evening.
A two-run shot by Jay Bruce also helped. His 17th home run puts him one behind the league lead, so hopefully he can also keep this hot streak going.
Yoenis Cespedes being forced to leave the game as a precautionary measure was possibly the only negative of this game. His left heel was sore, so the team decided to not take any risks with him.
Aside from that though, the Mets’ 29th win was probably the most comfortable and easy win the Amazin’s have had all year. They’ve officially won four in a row and are now four games under the .500 mark.