Jacob deGrom has been masterful yet again for the New York Mets in 2019. After his last dominant outing, the bats owe him an easy win.
In his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jacob deGrom did Jacob deGrom things. He delivered seven shutout innings of three-hit ball. Unfortunately, the New York Mets bats failed to show up to Citi Field.
This wasn’t an easy game for them to put some runs on the board. Hyun-Jin Ryu was deGrom’s opponent in this one. If you’ve paid any attention to the National League Cy Young race, you’d know he’s one of the contenders alongside deGrom.
It took an eighth-inning bases-clearing double from Rajai Davis to knock in any runs on this night. Thanks to two hit by pitches and a walk, the Mets were able to load the bases with two outs. Instead of bringing Michael Conforto off the bench, Mickey Callaway went with Davis. And thank goodness he did.
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The Mets managed to win this one by a score of 3-0. For deGrom, it was another noteworthy performance ending in a no-decision. Instead, the win went to Seth Lugo who struck out the side in the eighth.
deGrom is sitting on nine wins with only two or three regular-season starts left in 2019. As they have far too often this season, the Mets failed to give deGrom a chance at adding a W to his stat sheet in this one. Unlike the result in many starts over the past two seasons, deGrom escaped with a goose egg of his own in the run column which allowed him to avoid a potential loss.
For the second consecutive year, deGrom is getting no help from the Mets position players. He could and should have far more wins than nine. Something curious always seems to happen when it’s his turn to pitch. The bats freeze up and if they do thaw, it happens after a reliever has entered the game.
Through 30 starts, deGrom is the lone Mets starter who has been with the team all season yet to reach double-digit victories. In yet another masterful campaign, we have to debate the merits of how much wins actually matter for a starting pitcher in 2019.
For the record, they don’t mean Jack—or maybe in this case, I should say Jake.
The Mets batters owe deGrom an easy victory. I understand this is easier said than done. Opponent matters and it’s not as if they’re doing this on purpose. We can speculate that the offense goes on cruise control whenever he starts.
However, this just isn’t true. It’s some rough luck and maybe a few players pressing a little too hard to make something happen when they should just relax.
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deGrom’s next start is scheduled for Thursday against the Colorado Rockies. When he takes the hill in the bottom of the first, he deserves an early lead. Coors Field can help out with this.