After taking the opener in the series against the Phillies, Jacob deGrom and the Mets fell tonight, 9-1. The game started off promisingly for the Mets and their ace, when the Mets cashed in on a first inning run opportunity via a Travis d’Arnaud RBI double. This double was one of five for the Mets on the evening. They came off the bat twice from d’Arnaud, and once for Nori Aoki, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Juan Lagares. Cabrera also contributed with a single to give the Mets six hits on the evening. This turned out to be 11 hits less than the Phillies.
On the mound, deGrom was looking for another strong start, but suffered at first from poor defence. An error by rookie first baseman Dom Smith led to three unearned runs. Then, deGrom simply blew up in the fourth, allowing six runs. His final stat line is ugly; 3.2 innings pitched, 10 hits, six earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts. It was one of his worst starts of the season. My Gut Reaction is that deGrom, who has suffered from poor defense as of late, is trying to avoid pitching to contact. This is leading to mistake pitches, which leads to big hits, like the two-run home run from opposing pitcher Ben Lively.
Out of the bullpen, the relievers did not allow a run in their extenuated outing. The combination of Josh Smoker, Jacob Rhame, Kevin Mcgowan, Erik Goeddel, and Jamie Callahan combined for seven strikeouts, and only two walks. All of the relievers allowed at least one hit in their outings though, with Smoker and Rhame succumbing two each. The Mets will look to take the rubber game of the series tomorrow night, at 7:10 pm.