Jacob deGrom proved once again why he is one of the best pitchers in the National League and without a doubt the ace of this team on Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs. However, he would once again go unrewarded for his efforts.
In seven innings (116 pitches) last night, the right-hander allowed only one run, seven hits, and three walks (one intentional) in seven brilliant innings of work. He also tallied 13 strikeouts to go along with it.
His lone blemish was in the sixth inning, when he allowed three straight hits that included an RBI single from Anthony Rizzo to give the Chicago Cubs a 1-0 lead.
With his pitch count already at 99 after the sixth, Mickey Callaway still decided to send out his ace for one more inning, knowing the recent struggles of the Mets bullpen.
DeGrom delivered with a clean inning of work to keep the 1-1 tie and leave with a no-decision.
He seemed very satisfied with his performance after the game as detailed by Tim Healey of Newsday.
“That’s what you prepare for. You want to stay out here as long as possible. I feel good. I felt like I had good control of my fastball and I was getting in on a lot of guys. They were finding holes, but I was able to pitch out of some jams.”
The Mets did end up having to use the bullpen, though, as they couldn’t score any runs outside of the one and the game ended in the 14th inning after Buddy Baumann and Gerson Bautista combined to allow six runs.
The team is now 5-7 in games started by deGrom, which looks impossible when you see his incredible stat line that includes a 1.49 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 98 strikeouts in only 72 1/3 innings (12 starts).
However, it is very real and he only has four wins to show for it.
It seems like the Mets simply don’t score when he’s on the mound and Mickey Callaway says he has noticed that.
“I’m just seeing that they don’t score very often when he pitches. I don’t see a different approach. I don’t know. Maybe they’re putting too much pressure on themselves because we haven’t been great when he pitched.”
Even one of the more productive members of the offense this season, Brandon Nimmo, blamed it on his group.
“It’s the offense’s fault. It’s my fault. We just can’t get working altogether. It’s really frustrating.”
Whatever the case, this team will need to find a way to score runs for deGrom if they want to win. The Mets have scored a combined total of four runs during innings he has pitched in his last three starts. That is not going to cut it.