Mets: Jacob deGrom was the last pitcher to start a shutout against the Dodgers
By Tim Boyle
The joy of being a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. The potent lineup never takes a day off. The last time they were held scoreless was in a game against the New York Mets way back in September of 2019.
Want to guess who started the game? It was none other than Jacob deGrom. The Mets ace tossed seven shutout frames for New York.
Want to guess who got the win? It wasn’t deGrom.
The Mets couldn’t do much scoring in this game either
It took until the eighth inning of this game at Citi Field for any scoring to take place. On a bases-loaded pinch-hit double that cleared the bases, Rajai Davis helped secure a Mets win.
Prior to this taking place, Seth Lugo pitching a scoreless top half of the eighth inning. He took home his sixth win of the season before the ball went to Justin Wilson for the save.
deGrom’s performance on this day was typical. He gave up three hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out eight. The outing furthered his case for the Cy Young Award—something he would win for the second straight season.
The pitching matchup couldn’t have been better either. Hyun Jin Ryu, the Cy Young runner-up that year, also went seven shutout innings. He allowed only two hits to the Mets.
In fact, the Mets had just three hits the whole game. A pair of hit by pitches and a walk is what loaded up the bases for Davis to do his thing. Perhaps most amazing of all, Amed Rosario was the guy that drew the walk. He only walked 67 times in 1,564 plate appearances for the Mets.
Back then, who could have imagined the Dodgers would go so long without being shut out? Surely, they would have faced deGrom at least once more in 2020.
Then a little thing called a global pandemic happened. The earth stopped, the world’s population sheltered in place, and MLB adjusted their schedule.
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The Mets and Dodgers do face each other again this year. And while it’s nice for the Mets to be involved in a streak where they were the winners, I think another deGrom performance could put an end to this one.