Last night Jacob deGrom turned in one of the more gritty performances of the season. deGrom clearly did not have his best stuff right from the start but he found a way to battle through it. Home plate umpire Mike Winters didn’t do deGrom any favors, squeezing the young pitcher on a number of key pitches early in the game. Still, deGrom found a way.
He gave up one run, six hits and two walks in his six innings of work. He left with the lead that the bullpen wasn’t able to hold initially. The Mets finally won it late with Carlos Torres getting the win.
deGrom described his start after the game. “I had 73 pitches through three innings, so I definitely struggled with command. I had a lot of 3-2 counts, but I managed to get out of a couple of situations where they could have had a big inning” (Adam Rubin, ESPN).
The biggest pitches of the night came facing Mike Stanton. In the third inning, deGrom induced a double play that limited the damage to just the single earned run. During the fifth inning, he struck Stanton out with a nasty four-seam fastball. Stanton did get his payback in the eighth inning off of Torres, hitting his third home run of the series.
“He really, really competes” Terry Collins said after the game. “He fell behind three guys 3-0 and came back and got two of the three of them. And he had the other guy hit three or four foul balls before he walked him. He’s not afraid. He’s not afraid to challenge somebody” (ESPN).
During the start, deGrom lowered his ERA to 2.87 (It was 2.94 before the game started). It looks like a two horse race between deGrom and Billy Hamilton of the Cincinatti Reds. Ironically, the Mets will get a first hand look at the speedy outfielder this weekend as they travel to the Great American Ballpark.