Jacob deGrom, one of the Mets lone bright spots in 2018, put it all on the table for New York again on Friday, and was slapped with a tough luck loss, his first of the season.
It wasn’t the first time, deGrom didn’t receive any run support, however. In fact, that happens every fifth day he goes out there.
But this time, the selfless right-hander put the blame on himself, saying that it’s his job to put up zeroes. The heartbreaking part? He actually believes he didn’t get the job done. Not the anemic Mets offense that has now scored two runs in their last 27 innings.
“I made a mistake and lost us the ballgame,” deGrom said about letting up an eighth inning two-run home run to Brett Gardner.
But third baseman Todd Frazier was quick to disagree with the Mets ace.
“He gives up three runs and we’ve got to win the games,” Frazier said. “[DeGrom] is not why we lost. We lost because we didn’t put up runs.”
Brandon Nimmo got the Mets on the board with a lead off home run initially, but it was all they could muster up.
The Yankees tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and then Gardner launched his home run in the eighth and the Mets were history.
“End of the day, he pitched great and we have to score more runs for him, that’s what it comes down to,” Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco said. “He has no margin of error all year. That’s tough. That’s not an easy circumstances to pitch in.”
In 13 starts now, deGrom has just four wins and one loss, with a shiny 1.57 ERA. Every fifth day, New York should do whatever it takes to get their ace a win when he provides sheer dominance, but that hasn’t been the case.
The Mets still have time to turn their season around, but it needs to happen quick. The year isn’t so young anymore, and these games your ace pitches are ones you want to win.
“I’m hoping later on this season we can repay him a little bit,” Nimmo said. “And give him some run support.”