Mets right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom once again left it all on the line for the team.
The staff ace, and arguably National League ace, allowed just one run over seven innings in the first leg of Monday’s doubleheader with the Braves.
However, he didn’t get the benefit of eight runs like the pitching staff got in the night cap, and the ever steady Seth Lugo who came in to relieve him didn’t have his good stuff and coughed up the game.
“I think it’s frustrating no matter what, whether I’m pitching or I am not,” said deGrom, who is now leading the National League with a 1.52 ERA. “We don’t want to lose and when we lose games it’s frustrating. Whether it’s me or anybody else, that is not what we’re trying to do.”
All in all, deGrom fanned eight and yielded just five hits in his stellar outing, where he zig zagged through countless tough spots to put the Mets in the best position to win.
He even stayed in after a 31-minute rain delay.
“I wanted to stay in,” deGrom said. “I did not want to come out of that game. I have been fortunate and been able to pitch out of jams this season and I felt like I was going to be able to get out of that inning. I knew the guys coming up. I knew how I wanted to pitch them and I wanted to stay out there.”
It was another frustrating result, however, as New York is now just 5-6 in games deGrom has started despite the fact that he’s been so terrific.
Over his last seven starts, deGrom has pitched to an 0.45 ERA. Somehow, the team hasn’t been able to seal the wins in his outings, however.
With how mightily the Mets have struggled in general, you would think they would at least be able to win on the days their ace takes the hill.
Hopefully for the Mets, there will be some correction and they know they’ll be able to go out there every fifth day and get a victory.
DeGrom has secured his part of the deal, it’s time for the rest of the team to.