Just one start removed from his complete game gem, Jacob deGrom kept the Nationals bats quiet over eight innings. He also put the Mets on the board with his first home run.
DeGrom gave up just one unearned run in the first inning. The run was scored by Brian Goodwin, who reached thanks to an error by Wilmer Flores with one out. After that, deGrom was unstoppable, limiting the Nationals to just two hits and two walks over his next seven innings of work.
While he’s been suffering recently in the strikeout department, he’s been going deep into games and keeping runners off base. This is something that has been quite rare for the Mets this season. As for the strikeouts, he’s thrown just 14 over his last three games, spread out over 21 innings.
This is a huge change for a player who struck out ten or more five times during his first ten starts of the season.
DeGrom helped his own cause as well. Facing Joe Ross in the bottom of the third, he hit his first home run of his career to tie the game at one. After going 1-2, he’s now hitting .290 on the season.
This was also his best start versus the Nationals all season. He faced them in back to back starts in April and pitched to a 4.26 ERA.
These last two starts show a huge contrast to how he performed over the two prior to this streak. During that time he gave up 15 runs to both the Brewers and Cubs over eight innings.
DeGrom has been able to bring his season ERA down 81 points during the two starts since.
Had it not been for the error, he could have had a chance at going for the ninth again. Regardless, he helped the Mets stop another losing streak. If he can keep this up, there will be a lot more success in the future.