It was a Jacob deGrom day this afternoon in Queens. The New York Mets went for the sweep against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final game of a weekend series. The Mets won with a score of 4-2, but it almost doesn’t feel like a win due the situation that is deGrom’s health. deGrom was pulled for precautionary reasons in the 6th. The Mets faced Diamondbacks starter Riley Smith who went four innings and gave up two runs.
Hold Your Breath for deGrom
Jacob deGrom got his first start in 10 days after missing his last start with a right lat injury. He looked like his normal, dominant self early on. He mowed down the first 12 batters he faced. deGrom’s fastball velocity did not dip below 98 MPH all start and his offspeed pitches were as filthy as usual.
Unfortunately deGrom was pulled before he could start the 6th inning due to right side soreness. Perhaps the 5th inning was an indicator that something was not quite right. He appeared to lose his command which resulted in him giving up three walks and a run in that inning. This is obviously a huge concern for the Mets. deGrom’s health is crucial for their success, especially with Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco still out. In total deGrom recorded six strikeouts, gave up 1 run, and his ERA increased to 0.68.
It is such a shame when star players get sidelined with injuries. Jacob deGrom is the best pitcher in the National League, and he is must see T.V.. Maybe it is a good sign that he seemed to be able to pitch at max effort up until he was taken out. But, you have to wonder if having an average fastball velocity above 98 MPH is sustainable, even with deGrom’s pristine mechanics. Hopefully it is nothing serious and deGrom is able to get back on the mound soon.
The Mets bullpen continues to be fantastic. Miguel Castro relieved deGrom in the 6th and tossed a scoreless inning. The only blip for the bullpen occurred when Jacob Barnes gave up a home run to Asdrubal Cabrera in the 8th. Edwin Diaz completed a five out save to nail down the win.
The Offense Did Their Job
The Mets offense did just enough this time. Ironically, in a game where the “Mets don’t score for deGrom” storyline was overshadowed by concerns for deGrom’s health, the Mets were actually able to get deGrom a win. Francisco Lindor had a hit in three at-bats, but there are still few signs that he is turning around his abysmal season. The Mets broadcast showed a poll where they asked fans what the Mets biggest strength this season is. “Offense” came in dead last with 1% of the vote. That is for good reason because only two Mets players in the lineup today had an OPS over .800. One of those players is Jacob deGrom
The Mets are playing good baseball of late. They currently occupy first place in the competitive National League East with a 16-13 record. Jacob deGrom getting healthy and the offense hitting their stride will be crucial for the Mets to continue their success.