The New York Mets were able to capture their opening game of the series over the San Diego Padres, 5-1.
After dropping two straight to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets were desperate to start the series with the Padres off with a win. That very urgency could be found throughout the lineup, but especially on the mound. Jacob deGrom proved why he is the true ace of the pitching staff as he bowled through the Padres lineup. Over 7.1 innings, deGrom didn’t allow an earned run, while he struck out eight. While his command wasn’t at 100 percent with his three walks, he certainly showed that he was more than capable of working through that.
My Gut Reaction from this game is that deGrom is the ace of this staff. Not only has he been the most capable starter this season, but last night he showed that he was able to win when the team really needed him to. While he may not pack the flashy style of Syndergaard, deGrom is truly among the elite in terms of pitching in baseball.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Mets were able to get on the board early and then add more runs later on for insurance. It was a rare instance where the Mets won without having to play from behind. After Asdrubal Cabrera opened the game with a double, Todd Frazier drove him in with a one out single to get the Mets on the board, 1-0. Later in the top of the seventh inning, with Juan Lagares and Jose Lobaton on base with singles, Cabrera stepped up to the plate and launched a home run, his fourth of the season, making the score 4-0. The next inning, Lobaton doubled to score Lagares, who was on base curtosy of a being hit by a pitch, making the score 5-0.
Out of the bullpen, the Mets were strong for the most part. After AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins finished the eighth inning for deGrom without a problem, Matt Harvey came in to close out the game. He gave up a leadoff home run to Franchy Cordero, but was able to settle down and finish off the 5-1 victory.
With the win, the Mets improve their record to 16-8 on the season. They’ll play the Padres again Saturday night at 8:40 pm, when Jason Vargas makes his season debut against Joey Lucchesi in a battle of the southpaws at Petco Park.